The Newport Medieval Ship
Winterbourne Medieval Barn
7-9pm, The Cart Shed, Winterbourne Medieval Barn, Church Lane, Winterbourne BS36 1SE
In the summer of 2002, on the muddy banks of the River Usk in Newport, the remains of a 15th century ship were found. The timbers and associated finds have been recovered and give a fascinating insight into the life and times of medieval Newport and her trading partners along the Atlantic seaboard.
The most complete 15th century European ship ever recovered, the importance of this find to our maritime history cannot be overestimated. There is nothing else in the UK with which it can be compared. She was built 60 years before Henry VIII’s flagship Mary Rose (on display in Portsmouth), possibly in the same Basque (northern Spain) shipyard as the vessels that 40 years later took Columbus across the Atlantic in 1492.
Join Rob Kenny from the Friends of the Newport Ship to find out more about this magnificent and inspiring heritage icon. Learn about the conservation process, and about the wealth of evidence that this ship continues to yield about crew and cargoes, medieval life, times and trade.
Tickets £5. Booking via ticketsource below.
n.b. The main part of the site is closed for major restoration work, but small scale community events will continue in the newly-refurbished Cart Shed and in the adjoining nature reserve throughout the year. The Trust hopes that the whole site will re-open in the spring/summer of 2020.