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HMS Invincible

We are currently fundraising for the investigation, excavation and conservation of artefacts recovered from the wreck of the first HMS Invincible - one of the most technologically advanced ships of the 18th century.

Her remains - currently lying at the bottom of the Solent - represent the most complete and best preserved known wreck of a mid-18th century warship. The excavation and study of artefacts from the site will fill a significant gap in our understanding of early modern naval warfare.

The site was recognised on the Heritage at Risk Register by Historic England in 2012 and further listed in 2013 as one of the top 10 most at risk heritage sites in the UK. It has been judged that irreversible damage will occur to the wreck if we do not act now.

We are particularly proud that we will be offering opportunities to both serving and former military personnel to get involved with some of the post-excavation work. We also intend to offer disadvantaged youngsters from deprived neighbourhoods the chance to volunteer alongside service personnel and learn new skills in support of the project. BU has signed the Armed Forces Covenant, signifying our commitment to support serving personnel, service leavers, veterans, and their families.

The four year project was awarded £2m from the LIBOR fines in July 2016. We are now seeking c£1m in match funding for various aspects of the conservation work - donations of any size are very welcome, and a full budget is available on request. We are delighted to note that we have raised over £100,000 so far, and we have also received a letter from HRH The Duke of Edinburgh supporting our fundraising for the project. Please contact the team for more information. 

You can make a donation online or send a cheque payable to "Bournemouth University" to Fundraising team, Executive Business Centre, 89 Holdenhurst Road, Bournemouth BH8 8EB. If you make a gift by cheque, please consider adding Gift Aid by completing this form and including it with your donation.