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

Caring for our collection 19 Feb 2020
There is a lot more to displaying the objects from the Mary Rose than just taking them out of the sea, wiping off the mud and sticking them in a display case…

The conservation work undertaken on the Mary Rose’s objects involves not only preserving and stabilising the artefacts, but continuing to look after them when on display or in storage, to make sure that they can be studied and enjoyed by future generations.

Our collection comes from the largest underwater archaeological...

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Meet Sophie 21 Jan 2020
The Mary Rose Learning Department works with local teacher training providers to deliver workshops and talks on how to make the most of school visits and the value of learning outside the classroom.

Following a day visit to the museum last year with the University of Chichester Primary Education course, Sophie Snook opted to undertake her special interest placement at the museum. 

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Shardlake and the Mary Rose 07 Jan 2020
If you’re a fan of Matthew Shardlake, you will have most likely have noticed that the Mary Rose makes an appearance in Heartstone, the fifth book in the series.

C J Sansom, the creator of Shardlake, consulted with our team when he was writing Heartstone, ensuring that the story contains accurate information about artefacts, events and, of course, the Mary Rose. As we are only concerned with a small part of the book, we will of course be ignoring...

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Yet another Mary Rose Christmas 17 Dec 2019
It's that time of year again...

With the inevitability of death, taxes and museum cufflinks ending up in the clearance section, Christmas is upon us again, and everybody is getting Christmassy. The museum events team are preparing for the Christmas parties for our staff and volunteers, the shop is making the Henry VIII and...

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Make your own Christmas Cards! 09 Dec 2019
Print out and make your own Mary Rose Christmas cards this Festive season!

Want to make a personalised Christmas card? Download and print one of ours!

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Hatch's Christmas - A free eBook 01 Dec 2019
Celebrate Christmas with Hatch the dog as he embarks on a new adventure for the Tudor ratter!

This Christmas we've produced a sequel to "A Dog's Tale", a short story about Hatch, the ship's dog on board the Mary Rose.

The Mary Rose wasn't busy in winter, so how does a dog that lives on the ship keep busy when the human crew have all...

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Third Thursday Twitter Tours 21 Nov 2019
Discover the Mary Rose collection in our irreverent online tours!

The Mary Rose is proud to announce that we're holding Third Thursday Twitter Tours, online tours on Twitter, which look at a number of objects in the Mary Rose on a particular theme. However, rather than just subjects like “The Carpenter”, or “Food and Drink” (though there will be...

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Witchcraft, Belief and Religion on board the Mary Rose 31 Oct 2019
A blog by Alice Mew, Collections Volunteer

Here in the archives, myself and the other Collections Volunteers have been scanning away and have recently reached our 60,000 digitised images milestone! As we make our way through the (hundreds of) film strips, we’re continuing to see Tudor objects make their way from the bottom of the Solent...

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The Animals of the Mary Rose 28 Oct 2019
The Mary Rose carried a crew of around 500 men, but they weren’t the only ones who called the Mary Rose their home!

As well as the human inhabitants, the Mary Rose was home to a number of animals, some welcome, others not so welcome…

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