Queen Anne's Revenge conservation lab will open to the public April 8

Queen Anne's Revenge Conservation Lab

An open house for Greenville's Queen Anne's Revenge Conservation Lab and the program "Blackbeard: The Science of Pirates" will be held from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, April 8, at East Carolina University's West Research Campus, 1157 VOA Site C Road.

The free program is sponsored by the Queen Anne's Revenge Shipwreck Project and the North Carolina Science Festival. Participants will see the ongoing conservation efforts of infamous pirate Blackbeard's flagship, Queen Anne's Revenge. Hands-on activities and behind-the-scenes demonstrations will show how conservators and archaeologists use chemistry, physics and technology to bring North Carolina history to life.

The Queen Anne's Revenge, a frigate with added cannons, was used by Blackbeard for his seafaring pirate exploits. In 1718, Blackbeard ran the ship aground at Beaufort Inlet. The ship's remains were discovered in 1996, and tens of thousands of artifacts have been discovered at the underwater site.

The QAR Lab conducts a 12-step conservation process on each of the artifacts.

The NC Science Festival is a 2-week long celebration of the educational, cultural, and financial impact of science in North Carolina. Every North Carolina county will participate; more than 407 events for all ages have been scheduled.

Photo from QAR Shipwreck Project's Facebook page, above, and the Science Festival poster