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

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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Queering The Mary Rose's Collection 08 Aug 2023
How can we understand The Mary Rose’s collection of personal objects through a Queer lens?

This blog does not attempt to identify the sexuality or gender identity of crew members, which would be an impossible task. Instead, we will use ‘Queerness as an interpretative tool’ to represent LGBTQ+ stories.

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Meet the Mary Rose Trust 2023 Weston Heritage Interns 03 Jul 2023
Who's helping us look after the Mary Rose?

The Mary Rose Trust Weston Heritage Internship Programme is a 12-week paid internship supported by The Garfield Weston Foundation taking place this year between June and September. Have a read to discover who we are and what we’ll be doing.  

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