• The Mary Rose
  • Plan your visit
  • What's on
  • Learning
  • Venue hire
  • Collections & research
  • Support us
  • Shop
  • About the Trust
  • Contact us
The Mary Rose blog

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

Mary Rose Archive Digitisation – April 2018 30 Apr 2018
This month, we have a guest blog from Alice Mew, Collections Volunteer

April marks the sixth month I have been volunteering with the collections team here at the Mary Rose Trust. Archiving the 35mm film strips has slowly become part of my weekly routine. Each Monday I encounter a new set of photographs, another layer of history waiting to be uncovered....

Read More
A bird of prey on the Mary Rose? 11 Apr 2018
While we can’t say for certain that there was a bird of prey on board the Mary Rose, but there is evidence that at least one of the crew of the Mary Rose owned one as a pet.

Falconry was a popular pastime in the 16th century, and so it is unsurprising that we should find some of the paraphernalia that goes with it.

Read More
Mary Rose Archive Digitisation – February 2018 02 Mar 2018
This month, we have a guest blog from Jessica Willis, one of our Collections Volunteers

One of my favourite things about working in the museum’s archives is stumbling across dark, murky images of protruding beams, barely perceptible in the depths of the Solent, and realising that’s the very same ship displayed just thirty yards away. Countless times I’ve found myself studying what appears to be...

Read More
Digitisation Blog – 15,000 images scanned! 03 Jan 2018
The Collections Volunteers have reached their target!

Back in February 2017, thanks to funding from Arts Council England’s Designation Development Fund, the Mary Rose Trust were able to start the process of digitising its vast photographic archive of the material.  After fully getting our heads round what was required, we recruited a fantastic team of enthusiastic...

Read More
Mary Rose Archive Digitisation – November 2017 04 Dec 2017
Digitisation continues...

In late October, we welcomed eight new Collections Volunteers to the digitisation team. Following an induction day, which involved an introduction and overview of the Mary Rose Trust, we commenced training on all the digitisation processes. After this, the new team members wasted no time in getting stuck into the...

Read More
Mary Rose – Digitisation Blog – October 2017 20 Oct 2017
Digitisation continues...

October has been a major month in the digitisation project in terms of milestones that we have now reached.  Firstly, the Collections Volunteers have completed the digitisation of the 35mm slides currently held in the archive!  This is a huge achievement in itself, but on top of this – the...

Read More
Mary Rose – Digitisation Blog – July 2017 08 Aug 2017
Digitisation continues...

July has been a very busy month on the Mary Rose Digitisation Project. At the end of the month, we reached the major milestone of 7,500 digitised images. This marks the half way point towards our Phase 1 target of 15,000 digitised images. A huge congratulations to the Collections Volunteers...

Read More
Meet Cuthbert, the Mary Rose Cuttlefish! 03 Aug 2017
It wasn’t just the Mary Rose Trust who were diving on the wrecksite…

During the excavation on the Mary Rose, two cuttlefish appeared to live on the wreck site and were adopted by the divers as pets. One was affectionately called Cuthbert, as can be seen in this article from the Portsmouth News, while the other one’s name we can’t find. Anybody able...

Read More
Mary Rose – Digitisation Blog – June 2017 04 Jul 2017
Digitisation continues...

By the end of June, the Mary Rose Trust Collections Volunteers had digitised 5,651 of the 35mm slides held in the archive. Looking back it’s incredible at just how much progress has been made since the team started on this digitisation project in February. We are over 1/3 of the...

Read More