Left to right Dr Mark Jones (Mary Rose Trust) Sam Jones (University of Cambridge), Bob Bilsborrow (Daresbury Laboratory) Dr Andy Smith (Daresbury Laboratory), Aaron Berko (University of Kent)
The expertise of the BioScience Engineering Group has resulted in an unusual collaboration after one of their members got involved in freeze-drying an old boat...
... not just any old boat though. The Mary Rose, reputed to have been King Henry VIII's favourite boat, was built between 1509 and 1511 and served in Henry VIII's navy for 34 years. She sank off the south coast of England on July 19th, 1545 and remained submerged until she was finally rediscovered in 1971 and raised out of the sea on October 11th, 1982. Extensive conservation and preservation work has been taking place since then.
Sam Jones, a student from the Cavendish Laboratory who worked in CUBE (Cambridge Unit for Bioscience Engineering, Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology) over the summer on drying processes in archeological wood samples, and Mark Jones, scientific director of the Mary Rose Trust, used faciliaties at the Daresbury Laboratory to work on this project. They were the last team to use the synchrotron source (to study iron deposits in wood samples from the Mary Rose) before it was finally de-commissioned.