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

Half a Dozen Roses from the Mary Rose 14 Feb 2018
Depictions of the Tudor Rose on the Mary Rose

Branding is everything. Everybody recognises the Nike swoosh, the Apple logo, or the McDonalds Arches, because they’re everywhere. In England during the time of the Mary Rose, the most prominent image was the Tudor Rose, symbol of the Royal Family, and of the king, Henry VIII.

While the Tudor Rose...

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What did they do with the drunken sailors? 06 Feb 2018
In June 1539, four of the Mary Rose's crew went drinking...

One of the wonderful things about the Mary Rose is that the artefacts tell the story of the lives of ordinary sailors, people who otherwise would remain unrecorded in history. However, there is one account of the activities of Mary Rose sailors in official records, but sadly they weren't distinguishing...

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The Peter Pomegranate 31 Oct 2017
'Sister' ship of the Mary Rose

When the Mary Rose was built in 1510, she wasn't built on her own. A second, smaller ship was commissioned at the same time...

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How tall were the crew of the Mary Rose? 10 May 2016
Were people "much shorter in those days"?

There's a popular myth that people were considerably smaller in the past, varying from being about a foot shorter than the modern average to practically hobbit-sized!

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Spending half a groat: toilets on the Mary Rose 29 Feb 2016
Everybody goes to the toilet, even in Tudor England, but what facilities were available on the Mary Rose?

Everybody goes to the toilet, even in Tudor times, but what facilities were available on the Mary Rose?

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Naming Names 07 Apr 2015
Who were the crew of the Mary Rose?

Most of you reading this should be aware that the Mary Rose was built for Henry VIII, and that’s why he features so heavily in our posters on railway stations across the UK, but what about the crew? Who were they, and why aren’t their names more prominent in the...

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