The Mary Rose blog

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

Mary Rose Finger puppets! 15 May 2019
Create your own Mary Rose adventures!

For Museum Week 2019, the theme for 15th May is 'Play', so what better way to celebrate than with our special finger puppets!

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The Myth of the Maiden Voyage 17 Apr 2019
Why do people erronously think the Mary Rose sank on her maiden voyage?

Myths and legends are a popular part of our society, and we cling to them even when all the evidence says they’re wrong. Yet still, people believe things like Vikings wearing helmets with horns on them, Bob Holness playing Saxophone on ‘Baker Street’, and the Mary Rose sinking on her...

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Five Things from the Mary Rose that’ll make you go ‘Oooh’! 30 Mar 2019
Medical equipment on the Mary Rose

Being a warship, the Mary Rose carried a lot of objects that were, shall we say, unpleasant. As well as the various ship-to-ship weapons, there were pikes, daggers and swords for stabbing, bills and halberds for slashing, longbows and handguns for long distance killing, and rather nasty antipersonnel weapons such...

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Changing the face of Tudor England 15 Mar 2019
Come face to face with the Archer Royal

You may have seen that we’ve revised our reconstruction of the Archer Royal, previously shown as a blond, blue-eyed European, to a gentleman of African descent. This hasn’t been done for political or social reasons, but as the result of detailed scientific study.

No ship’s manifest for the Mary Rose...

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Putting Primary Science Centre Stage 05 Mar 2019
What is Science Capital? How can you combine science enquiry with other curriculum areas? How can you switch children (and their parents) on to science?

These were all hot topics as the Mary Rose Learning Department hosted a CPD day for primary science teachers. The event, run in collaboration with the Maths and Science Learning Centre at the University of Southampton, also featured speakers from the University of Chichester and Abingdon Science Partnership. The purpose...

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Pancakes on the Mary Rose? 05 Mar 2019
They had the tools, but did they enjoy a pancake at sea?

An inventory of “stuff, tackle, apparel, ordnance, artillery and habiliments of War” made on 27th July 1514, lists the Mary Rose carrying, among all the rigging and weapons, a quantity of cookware, including a frying pan! We’ve no idea if it remained on board until 1545, or if it got...

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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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The first men who dived on the Mary Rose 08 Feb 2019
Who was the first person to see the Mary Rose on the sea bed?

We always talk about Alexander McKee being the person who discovered the wreck of the Mary Rose, but actually, there are a few people who got up close to Henry VIII's flagship while she was still on the sea bed long before he first laid eyes on her timbers...

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Half a Dozen Roses from the Mary Rose 05 Feb 2019
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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