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

Learning more about our longbows 20 Feb 2019
3D laser scanning is taking place in the Mary Rose museum

The team at the Mary Rose are working with researchers from the Department of Archaeology, University of Southampton and Traditional Boats of Ireland Project to learn more about the longbows recovered from Henry VIII's flagship, lost in the waters of the Solent off the Portsmouth coast. 

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Identifying an old dog with new tricks 29 Jan 2019
An international team of scientists have identified the youngest member of the Mary Rose’s crew: The ship’s dog.

The dog, nicknamed "Hatch" by our team, was discovered on the seabed on 12th July 1981 outside the carpenter’s cabin, under a pile of chests belonging to the carpenter and several gunners. 

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Ballast on the Mary Rose 02 Aug 2018
It's more interesting than it sounds, honest...

102 tonnes of ballast were on board the Mary Rose when she sank. Consisting of broken flints similar to those originating in the Portsmouth Area, the presence of shells belonging to cockles, oysters and periwinkles within it suggests that it was probably sourced from the beach at Portsmouth Harbour.

This...

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Work Placements at the Mary Rose - Part 2 12 Jul 2018
In part 2 of her blog, Gemma McDermott, an archaeology student from Leeds, talks about her experiences with experimental archaeology...

If you missed it, go back and read part 1

As part of my internship I participated in a project of ‘Experimental Archaeology’ for the Mary Rose. At the rear of the museum there is a replica of the galley found on board the Mary Rose. The galley consists...

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Work Placements at the Mary Rose - Part 1 10 Jul 2018
Gemma McDermott, an archaeology student from Leeds, talks about her experiences on a work placement at the Mary Rose

Being a student is a mixture of stress and excitement. At times, the stress out-weighs the excitement. When, in July 2017, I was faced with the job of finding a work placement for the third year of my BA Archaeology degree I immediately felt the stress. After applying to many...

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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....

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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.

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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...

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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...

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