Anniversary Lectures | The Mary Rose
Mary Rose Anniversary Lectures

Thursday 6th October - Saturday 8th October 2022

Celebrating 40 Years of the raising of the Mary Rose

Action Stations Auditorium, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

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We want to say a huge thank you to everyone who attended the 2022 Anniversary Lectures.

Keep an eye on this page for future updates on the 2023 Anniversary Lectures!

40 years ago a Tudor icon returned...

Join the Mary Rose for three days of talks and panel discussions to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the ship's monumental raising in 1982!

Topics will cover the court of Henry VIII and the impact the Mary Rose excavation has had on maritime archaeology. There will also be the chance to hear from some of those involved in the lead-up to and the raising of the Mary Rose.

The event will be held in the Action Stations Auditorium at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. Tickets to attend in person include lunch and refreshments as well as the opportunity to visit the museum at the end of the day. 

Tickets are no longer available to purchase online but if you would like to attend one of the lecture days, please call Sally on 07751 360458 for more information.

Thursday 6th October 2022

What was happening in the Tudor court at the time of the Mary Rose.

Participants include:

Professor Suzannah Lipscomb
Historian and broadcaster

Dr Elizabeth Norton
Historian and broadcaster

Dr Sean Cunningham
Head of Medieval Records at The National Archives

Dr Kirsten Claiden-Yardley
Historian, researcher and historical consultant

Friday 7th October 2022

The impact the Mary Rose excavation has had on maritime archaeology.

Participants include:

Professor Eleanor Schofield
Deputy CEO at The Mary Rose Trust

Dr Alex Hildred
Head of Research at The Mary Rose Trust

Dr Dan Pascoe
 Marine Archaeologist

Dr Brendan Foley
 Marine Archaeologist

Mensun Bound
 Marine Archaeologist on the recent excavation of Shackleton’s vessel the Endurance.

Terence Newman
 Marine Archaeologist at Historic England

Hefin Meara
 Marine Archaeologist at Historic England

Saturday 8th October 2022

Hear from some of those involved in the lead-up to and the raising of the Mary Rose.

Binky Hallett, daughter of Alexander McKee, and Nick Rule, son of Margaret Rule, will be there to talk about their parents and their roles in recovering the Mary Rose.

Pat Baker, Underwater Archaeological Photographer, will share his experience of photographing the ship in the difficult conditions of The Solent. 

We will hear the memories of some of the divers, including Royal Engineers, who were involved with the excavation and raising.

Our panelists include Dr Dominic Fontana, Damien Sanders, Dr Alex Hildred and Christopher Dobbs. Together they will discuss the sinking theories surrounding the Mary Rose.