40 Years of the Mary Rose | The Mary Rose
40 Years of the Mary Rose

40 years ago a Tudor icon returned.

Discover the story of how we raised the Mary Rose.

Where Were You in 82?
Uncovering the Mary Rose
The story of the raising didn't start on 11th October...

Hundreds of thousands of hours were spent on the seabed uncovering the Mary Rose.

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Alexander McKee (1918-1992)
The man who found the Mary Rose

The search for the Mary Rose began in 1965 with Alexander McKee, an amateur historian and diver who had believed that Henry VIII's ship had survived beneath the surface, and formed a team to help find it..

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Margaret Rule (1928-2015)
The woman who raised the Mary Rose

For very nearly 50 years, her name has been synonymous with that of the Mary Rose, Henry VIII’s flagship, having been the archaeological director of the remarkable excavation.

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Blue Peter and the Mary Rose
Here's one we made earlier...

For many schoolchildren in the 1980s, the Mary Rose will forever be associated with the popular BBC TV show Blue Peter, which sent presenter Sarah Greene to dive on the wreck site in 1982.

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40th Anniversary blog
Discover the stories of the raising

Check out our blog, with features on objects that were found, and memories of the people who helped excavate and raise the Mary Rose.

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The Future
40 years on, the work continues...

Work on the Mary Rose didn't end in 1982, ever since we've been working hard to understand and care for the thousands of objects recovered. 

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The Mary Rose - Her Story, Their Story, Our Story,

To celebrate the 40th Anniversary a new book, The Mary Rose - Her Story, Their Story, Our Story, has been published, covering all aspects of the Mary rose, from her construction in 1510 to the present day.

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Share your memories with us of the Raising of the Mary Rose!

Whether it's memories of watching it on TV, from the seafront in Portsmouth or even being part of the operation, we want to hear from you!

Check out our 40th Anniversary supplement, originally given away in the Portsmouth News!