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

Diving into the Mary Rose logs 13 Feb 2024
Digitising the archaeological archive

After completing the scanning of the catalogued images from the Mary Rose Archaeological Archive at the start of 2023, our incredible team of Collections Volunteers have just completed scanning the dive logs.  These paper-based records were filled out once a diver surfaced after their underwater excavation and work on the...

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Looking back and looking forward 02 Jan 2024
"A Year in Collections, Curatorial and Conservation" by Sarah Coggins, Conservation Engineer

2023 has been another busy year for the Collections, Curatorial and Conservation department at the Mary Rose Trust and we have even more exciting projects to look forward to in 2024!

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The Twelve Days of Mary Rose 04 Dec 2023
Feel free to sing along with our image gallery...

Christmas was a time of feasting, merriment, family and community in Henry VIII’s reign – much like today.  Yet in Tudor times, a full twelve days was celebrated, with work suspended (other than caring for livestock) so that everyone could attend worship and enjoy the festivities.

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Let’s Play! Takeover Day 2023 28 Nov 2023
Taking part in Kids in Museums' Takeover Day

We welcomed Binsted Primary School’s Coding Club on Friday 17th November as part of the Kids in Museums Takeover Day 2023, to “take over” the museum, creating some incredible ideas for immersive visitor experiences. 

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Doing the twist: anchor cable cleaning 06 Nov 2023
How to clean 470 year old rope

"My name is Siân, in the Summer of 2023 I was a Weston Heritage Conservation and Heritage Science intern at the Mary Rose Museum. Over a period of two months, I cleaned a section of anchor cable, made of hemp, that was found alongside an anchor on the upper deck...

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Education in Tudor England 16 Oct 2023
Did the Mary Rose's crew go to school?

In this month's learning blog, Jane, one of our learning volunteers, is taking a look at what options were available for the Tudors when it came to education...

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