Read about Dr. Eleanor Schofield's proposed talk to be held at Materials Today's New Scientist Live event on 23 September 2016.

Dr. Eleanor Schofield
Dr. Eleanor Schofield


The Mary Rose, a flagship of Henry VIII’s English fleet, sank off the coast of Portsmouth in 1545. The hull is now on display in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard and reunited with a number of the discovered artefacts. These provide us with a unique insight into Tudor Maritime life and act as a time capsule for this particular moment in history.  The artefacts recovered are both organic and inorganic, and need specialist and often tailored treatments to ensure their longevity and preservation for years to come. In this talk, an overview of the conservation techniques and strategies employed over the last three decades will be given. Alongside this, the criticality of new advanced materials and technologies, to the conservation of these precious artefacts, will be demonstrated.


Dr. Eleanor Schofield is currently the Head of Conservation and Collections Care at the Mary Rose Trust. After completing her PhD in Materials Science at Imperial College London in 2006, she completed research posts at Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory and the University of Kent. She joined the Mary Rose Trust in 2012 and is now responsible for the conservation of the Mary Rose hull and associated artefacts, the care and management of the collection and research into novel conservation treatments and characterisation methods.