Substantial fragments of the Gresham Ship were raised from the Thames in 2003
following their unexpected discovery by the Port of London Authority (PLA). A 16th
century armed merchant ship was revealed, with links to Sir Thomas Gresham.
The ship is of great historical importance, and provides unprecedented evidence of a
shipbuilding technique called furring.
The Gresham Ship Project was launched in 2007 to research the ship. The project
is a collaboration between the University College London (UCL), Institute of Archaeology
and the PLA, Gresham College, the Museum of London Group, the Nautical Archaeology Society
and the University of South Denmark.
The exhibition is divided into four themes and exhibtion pages:
2009: A Thames Odyssey tells the story of the Gresham Ship from the perspective of the
ongoing research project. You will see how the ship was discovered and recovered and how conservation
techniques help bring the ship back to life. This exhibition will give you an insight into what
life was like for a 16th century merchant, both in the port and onboard the ship.
2009: A Thames Odyssey hopes to aid the Gresham Ship Project by raising the profile of Maritime Archaeology.