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Historical stories, conservation and collections updates and other stories from the Mary Rose

Witchcraft, Belief and Religion on board the Mary Rose 31 Oct 2019
A blog by Alice Mew, Collections Volunteer

Here in the archives, myself and the other Collections Volunteers have been scanning away and have recently reached our 60,000 digitised images milestone! As we make our way through the (hundreds of) film strips, we’re continuing to see Tudor objects make their way from the bottom of the Solent...

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The Animals of the Mary Rose 28 Oct 2019
The Mary Rose carried a crew of around 500 men, but they weren’t the only ones who called the Mary Rose their home!

As well as the human inhabitants, the Mary Rose was home to a number of animals, some welcome, others not so welcome…

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Five tiny things recovered from the Mary Rose 08 Oct 2019
Is bigger always better?

A lot of people would have you believe that bigger is best, and while it’s true that the Mary Rose is the biggest (and best!) archaeological artefact in the UK, her artefacts come in all sizes.

We’re going to concentrate on the tiny ones…

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Meet "Henry" 01 Oct 2019
Meet one of the Many Faces of Tudor England...

‘Henry’, given his name by Mary Rose divers in the 1970s when he was found down in the hold area of Henry VIII’s ship, is one of the most complete of the 92 fairly complete crew skeletons, and one of our most surprising...

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Ask a stupid question… 30 Sep 2019
There's nothing to be ashamed of about asking questions

A lot of people use the same starting point when they ask our volunteers questions in the museum; “This may be a stupid question, but…”

The sad thing is, it never is. They may be obvious questions, such as when the Mary Rose sank, or were there any...

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Disability on the Mary Rose 24 Sep 2019
Meet some of the Many Faces of Tudor England...

You might not think that a ship like the Mary Rose would have a place for the disabled; accessibility and inclusivity weren’t exactly a high priority in Tudor England, and especially not on a fighting ship.

However, we have at least two members of the Mary Rose crew who suffered...

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The Carpenter of the Mary Rose 17 Sep 2019
Meet one of the Many Faces of Tudor England...

On a wooden ship there aren’t many more important jobs than that of carpenter, and while the Mary Rose appears to have had a small team of them on board, the most important of all was the Master Carpenter, who owned a cabin on the main deck.

This cabin is...

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Myths of the Mary Rose 10 Sep 2019
Busting a few myths about Henry VIII's favourite warship

Would you believe that some things you might have heard about the Mary Rose might not be 100% true?

Based on one of our Third Thursday Tours

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Back to School on the Mary Rose 23 Aug 2019
The Kids are going back to school, so let’s have a gratuitous blog to cash in!

In Tudor England school wasn't the same as it is today. Young boys would go to school as infants to get a basic education, but as soon as they were old enough to work, they were on their own. Of course, if you were rich you could go to a...

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