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Culture Minister Ed Vaizey sees Swash Channel Wreck restoration project at York Archaeological Trust
9:16am Wednesday 18th September 2013 in News
CULTURE Minister Ed Vaizey had a close look of how York Archaeological Trust is helping to preserve England’s underwater treasures when he visited York.
He inspected a unique eight-and-a half-metre rudder rescued from the Swash Channel Wreck near Poole, which is believed to have been a large Dutch of German armed cargo ship that sunk in the 1600s Ian Panter, principal conservator at York Archaeological Trust, said: “We have one of the few conservation laboratories with specialist equipment and expertise to deal with underwater finds.”
Mr Vaizey said: “The preservation and conservation of our unique heritage doesn’t just apply to those sites and artefacts on land but also the heritage landscape that lies under the sea. It’s fascinating to see first-hand the expert work being done by the York Archaeological Trust to restore and conserve the Swash Channel Wreck so it can be returned to Poole Museum.”
English Heritage has provided £227,400 for the wreck’s rescue and analysis of its contents.
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