The Shipwreck Museum Hastings is celebrating the very special return of an artefact to its collection last week. A gun from Hastings shipwreck the Amsterdam which had been conserved for the Museum by the experts at Fort Nelson Portsmouth has been returned to the Museum for ongoing conservation.
Business Director Jacqui Stanford said “What an exciting project to be involved in for the Museum. 6 years ago I was involved in the legal profession in London, and now I am organising the return of an amazing artefact which once sat on the impressive Dutch Merchantman the Amsterdam, the remains of which are to be found on the beach at Bulverhythe. Research is being carried out on the gun, but initial expert advice is that it may be Swedish! Often when countries captured foreign ships the armaments would be stripped, and placed on their own ships – this could be what happened in the case of the Amsterdam.
Unfortunately, because we are a small Museum and do not as yet have the conservation resources, we have had to dig a pit in the garden, and place the gun in the ground because it needs to be conserved in water. With our plans to extend the Museum with an Education Wing projects such as this will be on view to visitors from inside the Museum. Thank you to Fort Nelson for their support conserving this gun for the Shipwreck Museum. Also to Jason Biggerstaff and his team who run the Rock-a-Nore Road car park as we needed space for the lorry to deliver the gun. Even though they cornered off the area behind the Museum a driver decided to lift the cones and park her car causing an unforeseen logistical nightmare. Thanks to the local Police who tracked this driver down and got the car moved! ” The Museum is open at weekends from 11.00 – 16.00 until April when it is open full time for the season. Groups may book at any time by emailing or telephoning the Museum 01424 437452