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The Rooswijk1740 - East Midlands Open Day

Historic England

From: Sunday 03.03.19
at 11:00am
To: Sunday 03.03.19
at 3:00pm

Go-Dive Scuba Centre

Nottingham Road


DE21 7NP




The Rooswijk was a Dutch East India Company vessel which sank on the treacherous Goodwin Sands, off Kent, in January 1740.

Event description: 

The ship was outward bound for Batavia (modern-day Jakarta) with trade-goods. Now a protected wreck site the ship's remains lie at a depth of some 25 metres. They're owned by the Dutch Government and managed by Historic England on behalf of the Department of Digital, Culture Media and Sport. The Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands and Historic England have been working on the site with MSDS Marine (an archaeological contractor) to excavate the wreck site.

For the first time the finds are being exhibited away from the South coast! Come and see how our conservators are stabilising finds from the Rooswijk. Meet the project team and try a virtual dive on the site. Learn what the finds tell us about the wreck and hear what the archaeologists think this might mean.