The Newport Medieval Ship is a fifteenth century merchant vessel unearthed in the heart of Newport in 2002. Work on the Riverfront arts centre was paused while excavations could take place, and the timbers have since been undergoing a lengthy conservation process so the ship can be displayed to the public. The conservation process for the Newport Ship has differed from that undertaken for famous ships like the Mary Rose and Vasa in that the timbers were all separated during the excavation phase. This means that each timber can be treeated simultaneously in large tanks, whereas the Mary Rose and Vasa both had to be sprayed continuously with preserving chemicals.
There are plenty of things going on at the Ship Centre. As well as guided tours we seek to inform our visitors about medieval life and time. From coin striking to visiting groups. Come down and learn more. If you can’t make it to one of our open days you can contact us to arrange a guided tour of the project using the contact details found on our contact us page. Please bear in mind that the project is still actively working and our guides are volunteers, so while we do try to accommodate every request made it may not be possible to get your first choice of dates.
The Medieval Ship in Newport is a truly unique attraction. For those who have never been lucky enough to see archaeology up close and personal then you will absolutely love this place. In the unusual setting of a huge warehouse, the team are working on the recording and conservation of this fantastic find. Come to one of the open days in 2013to see for yourself the hard work that is taking place to care for this important vessel. The ship centre staff and volunteers are extremely knowledgeable, full of interesting facts and bursting with enthusiasm. The re-enactors present on open days bring the medieval experience to life. Bring the family and enjoy a fun filled journey through the past.