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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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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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Marine Life on the Mary Rose shipwreck 03 Oct 2023
Isabella, our Weston Heritage Conservation and Heritage Science Intern tells the story of some of the marine creatures that visited the shipwreck of the Mary Rose.

At the Mary Rose museum, you will find the remains of some of the animals that were onboard the Mary Rose when she sank, including the ship's dog and the rats he was there to catch. But did you know that we also have evidence of creatures that visited the...

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Recording a Tudor Navy: The Anthony Roll 04 Sep 2023
The story behind the only known Tudor depiction of the Mary Rose...

Images are a powerful source of information that can tell us details words cannot. In this blog we explore the Anthony Roll, which depicts one of the most recognisable and iconic portraits of the Mary Rose

Guest blog written by Francesca Raine for the Mary Rose collections team

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