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

Hatch’s New Beginning 12 Jul 2021
A short story of the discovery of one of the Mary Rose's most popular exhibits

To celebrate 40 years since the discovery of the ship's dog on the Mary Rose, Simon, author of "A Dog's Tale" and "Hatch's First Christmas" has penned a short story about what happened on 12th July 1981...


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Musical Tributes to the Mary Rose 21 Jun 2021
Songs inspired by Henry VIII's favourite warship

The Mary Rose has proven inspirational to many in the fields of history and archaeology, but what about other fields?

Turns out Henry VIII's favourite ship is the favourite of a few musicians too, who've produced their own tributes.

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Make your own Mary Rose at Sea scene 18 Jun 2021
A fun arts project for all ages!

Build your own stand-up model of the Mary Rose at sea, perfect for school projects, or just to put on your desk!

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In Conversation With…One of the Original Dive Team 20 May 2021
A podcast from the Mary Rose

In our exclusive podcast, Christopher Dobbs discusses his Mary Rose story, going back to when he joined the project in 1979.

Find out what it was like to raise the Mary Rose, and of the 14,000 objects recovered, which is Chris' favourite!

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Make your own LEGO Mary Rose (and other things!) 02 Apr 2020
More fun things to make and do!

While we're all stuck indoors why not bring the world of the Mary Rose to your home through the medium of LEGO!

We have a number of models to make, with instructions for making them yourselves. Don't worry if you don't have all the pieces, you can always improvise a...

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Steering the Mary Rose 31 Mar 2020
How did they steer the Mary Rose?

Popular imagination inspired by movies and paintings shows the great Tudor explorers stood on the upper decks of their ships, one hand on the ship’s wheel as they search for foreigners to shoot at. However, the famous ship’s wheel, used alongside the anchor to represent all things maritime, wasn't in...

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How did a coconut find its way onto the Mary Rose wrecksite? 24 Mar 2020
Things found on the wreck site that aren’t off the Mary Rose

One of the more unexpected objects found on the Mary Rose wreck site is a Coconut, which may or may not have been on the Mary Rose. It was found in the scour pit caused by the ship on the seabed, but the layer of mud it was found it...

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The Plague in Portsmouth - 1545 16 Mar 2020
The loss of the Mary Rose wasn't the only misfortune to strike Portsmouth in 1545...

The Black Death hit Portsmouth several times in the city's history, with particularly nasty outbreaks in 1349, 1558, 1625 and 1665/6, but we're going to take a look at the outbreak that hit Henry VIII's fleet in September 1545.

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Make your own Diver! 13 Mar 2020
A fun science project for all the family!

You aren't allowed to dive on the Mary Rose wreck site, but you can still experience the fun of diving with your own Cartesian Diver!

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