The remarkable recovery of artefacts from the 17th century warship dubbed 'Norfolk's Mary Rose' has been nominated for a national award.

The wreck of the Gloucester - which had the future King James I on board when it sank off the coast of Great Yarmouth - was discovered by Norfolk divers Lincoln and Julian Barnwell and their friend James Little in 2007.

The find was kept secret for several years, but visitors were able to see items carefully brought up from the seabed after almost 350 years when they went on show in an exhibition at Norwich Castle Museum.

Great Yarmouth Mercury: The wreck of the Gloucester off Yarmouth, 6 May 1682, by Johan DanckertsThe wreck of the Gloucester off Yarmouth, 6 May 1682, by Johan Danckerts (Image: Wikipedia Commons)

The project has been nominated in the category of Rescue Project of the Year 2024 in the annual awards run by Current Archaeology magazine.

Claire Jowitt, principal investigator on the Gloucester Project and professor of renaissance studies at the University of East Anglia, used X, formerly Twitter, to urge people to vote for the Gloucester project.


Voting, at closes on Monday, February 5.

The Gloucester 1682 Trust, chaired by General Lord Dannatt, the former head of the British Army, is fundraising to create a permanent exhibition of the finds, with Great Yarmouth suggested as a possible site.