Since the ship’s discovery in 2002, the Welsh Government has contributed over £3.5m to the project. Most recently, the Welsh Government has awarded £21,000 towards a digital reconstruction of the Newport Medieval Ship to include 3D designs and dynamic visualisations which will help recreate the original hull form, determine characteristics, inform publications and be the basis for future interpretive exhibits.
The ship, the most complete example of a fifteenth century clinker-built merchant vessel ever found in the United Kingdom, is currently being treated with chemicals to stabilise and strengthen the 1700 timbers that were recovered. This process will take up to two years. Once conservation work is complete, the ship will be rebuilt and put on public display. Plans to display the ship are currently under discussion and the 10th anniversary of the ship’s discovery is being celebrated with a year long programme of events..
The Minister said:
"The Newport Ship has captured the attention of the Welsh public ever since its discovery in 2002. I am very impressed with the conservation work I have seen going on today, and how modern chemicals and innovative techniques can be used to preserve such an old artefact.
"The main aim of this work is of course to ensure the ship can be put on public display and I am delighted that the Welsh Government has played a key role in both preserving the ship and in investing in ways in which the ship’s story can be told.
I wish all those involved the very best of luck with the next stages of the project and look forward to returning to see the fully reconstructed ship in future."