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The Mary Rose blog

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

The Unfortunate Story of Jacques Berenghier 04 Sep 2018
Was he a saboteur, or just in the wrong place at the wrong time?

In the very early days of the Mary Rose, after Admiral Edward Howard had taken her as his flagship in April 1512, there was very little action. The Battle of St Matthieu in August provided some excitement for the fleet, but the rest was patrolling, and the occasional harassment of...

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Five "theories" about why the Mary Rose sank (and why they're rubbish) 28 Aug 2018
Got to love a bit of speculation...

Everybody knows that the Mary Rose sank (even if they're not sure of at what point in her career), but why she sank is still a bit of a mystery.

Elsewhere on this very site we have a list of four of the most likely theories for why...

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All Aboard! Our week at the Mary Rose 03 Aug 2018
A blog for Teen Twitter Takeover!

We are both A-level students studying Tudor history, so where better to do work experience than the Mary Rose Museum?

Our week here has been busy and varied, and we both felt very welcomed by the team.  Through shadowing volunteers, we were able to study the various artefacts in more...

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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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Teaching the Tudors: Objects, Power and Belief, CPD Event for A Level History Teachers 05 Jul 2018
The Mary Rose Learning team in partnership with the University of Portsmouth History Subject Area

On Monday 18 June, a group of serving A Level History teachers, academics from the University of Portsmouth and a team of staff and volunteers from the Mary Rose Education Department enjoyed a session on Teaching the Tudors. This partnership enabled the sharing of research and current thinking on King...

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Meet the Volunteers - Jessica Willis 07 Jun 2018
Jessica Willis - Collections Volunteer

To celebrate Volunteers Week 2018, we've asked our volunteers to share their experiences of volunteering with our visitors.

Today we meet Jessica Willis, a volunteer who is helping us scan our extensive image archive!

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Meet the Volunteers - Maggie Beel 06 Jun 2018
Maggie Beel - Volunteer guide

To celebrate Volunteers Week 2018, we've asked our volunteers to share their experiences of volunteering with our visitors.

Today we meet Maggie Beel, a volunteer who works in our museum and at the visitor entrance to the dockyard..

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