28th November 11.30 am. "‘The Wreck of the Rooswijk" : Angela Middleton'
According to the recent reports, the Rooswijk was built for the VOC "Chamber of Amsterdam" in 1737. On 9 January 1740, during its second journey to the east, it sank on the sand bank of Goodwin Sands, about 8 km from the British mainland. There were no known survivors. At the time, it was captained by Daniel Ronzieres. By examining archive documents, researchers have been able to identify 19 of the 237 crewmen on board, including: Gerrit Hendrick Huffelman, responsible for providing medical care; Thomas Huijdekoper; a 19-year-old on his first voyage; and Pieter Calmer, a sailor who had previously survived the Westerwijk shipwreck
Angela Middleton holds a degree in archaeological conservation from the University of Applied
Sciences in Berlin and an MSc in Maritime Conservation Science from the University of Portsmouth.
She has worked for the Newport Medieval Ship Project and the Michael Faraday Museum of the
Royal Institution before joining Historic England as an Archaeological Conservator in 2007. Here she
is responsible to advise on and undertake research and investigative conservation on material
retrieved from land and marine sites. She has a special interest in the conservation of waterlogged
organic materials. She has been working on material recovered from England’s protected wreck
sites, most notably the London and the Rooswijk.
Angela is a great advocate for conservation and always tries to raise the profile of the profession.
This is reflected in various blogs she has written, as well serving on various committees, such as the
ICON Archaeology Group, the Archaeological Leather Group and ICOMOS Wood Committee.
11.30 am The Cutty Sark Pub just five minutes east of the Naval College,
4-6 Ballast Quay
£12 for the lecture or £10 for London Historians & Docklands History Group and past attendees plus the cost of the light lunch / bar snacks afterwards
Numbers are strictly limited so please book early.