Month of Shipwrecks sets sail at our Museum

This month the Western Australian Museum will celebrate the impressive work of its Maritime Archaeology department during the Month of Shipwrecks.

At 9:30am every weekday throughout July, a new video, map, mini-site, photo gallery, interview or database will be available exclusively via the Western Australian Museum website.

WA Museum Head of Maritime Archaeology, Jeremy Green, said the Month of Shipwrecks comes after the department’s successful fieldtrip to the Batavia wreck site in the Abrolhos Islands and a series of popular behind-the-scenes tours at the Western Australian Shipwreck Galleries in Fremantle last month.

“Western Australia has a unique and intriguing maritime history of both local and international significance,” Mr Green said.

“The Month of Shipwrecks is a great way for not only the department to share its unique and important maritime archaeology work, but a fantastic opportunity for the wider public to gain a new insight into our State’s diverse maritime history.”

The Month of Shipwrecks will cover a huge range of stories, from the infamous wrecking of the Batavia and the story of the Broadhurst family, right through to modern events such as the ANCODS Dutch artefacts handover and the department’s recent fieldwork in the Abrolhos Islands.

“Over the period of the month, a comprehensive picture of our extensive research and field work will develop,” Mr Green said.

July also marks the opening of a new exhibition of Batavia artefacts and 3D wreck footage at the WA Museum’s Shipwreck Galleries in Fremantle.

Follow the Month of Shipwrecks from Monday, July 1 at