HMS Gloucester – Talk rearranged for 29 January 

Regrettably our 16 October meeting was interrupted by a medical emergency which meant the talks had to stop.  Our thoughts are with those affected. 

Claire and Julian are happy to come and talk to us again on 29 January 2024. All who were at the interrupted talk will be invited for a free evening.  We took contact details from as many as possible but if you want to make sure we can advise you by email please drop a line to There will be a limited number of new tickets available. 

Reepham Rotary Club is hosting a talk about HMS Gloucester by Professor Claire Jowitt and Julian Barnwell  

HMS Gloucester, which sank off the Norfolk Coast in 1682 has been described as Norfolk’s Mary Rose. The talk will cover the history of the ship and its passengers, the story of the years of diving to find the ship and recover many fascinating artefacts.  

James Duke of York and Albany, brother of King Charles II, was returning to Scotland on the Gloucester with more than 300 passengers and crew on board. The ship ran aground on a sand bank off the coast of Great Yarmouth. James survived but more than 150 died as the ship sank in less than an hour.

Professor Jowitt of UEA is co-curator of the exhibition which has been running at Norwich Castle Museum.  She will explain the historical background to the voyage and the items found. Julian Barnwell, with his brother Lincoln, has been exploring the sea bed since they discovered the wreck in 2007. He will tell the story of the dive and update us on discoveries from this year’s diving. 

More information will be found at or

The talk will take place at Reepham 6th Form College at 7.30 pm on 16 October 2023.  

The ticket at £10 will include a glass of wine or soft drink.  The evening will be raising funds for the trust to preserve the remains of the ship and Rotary charities.  Tickets are available from any Rotarian, by email as above or Very Nice Things in Reepham.




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