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

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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Looking Back - Hatch at Crufts 11 Mar 2016
In the first of an occasional series, we’re going back to March 2010, when The Mary Rose’s dog went walkies for the first time in nearly 500 years! Our blogger Simon explains…

Back in 2010, the Mary Rose Museum was still based in an old boathouse near the entrance to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, the ship was off show while work took place on our current museum, and we’d recently had Hatch, the dog recovered from the Mary Rose, mounted.  Our fundraising team...

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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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How to clean a Tudor Log 17 Dec 2015
A blog on a log from a hull at the bottom of the sea...

Hello, I’m Johanna, one of the conservators at the Mary Rose Trust, and I’ll be taking you through some of the work that is happening behind the scenes at the museum. This particular post will cover a set of objects I have devoted a fair bit of my time here...

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The Mary Rose “Crow’s Nest” 13 Oct 2015
When is a crow's nest not a crows nest?

While it has become standard to call the look-out point usually located at the top of a mast a “Crow’s Nest”, the term is actually quite specific.

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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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The Mary Rose – Racing Yacht? 17 Mar 2015
The Mary Rose didn't just fight and sink, you know...

21st March, 1513. Admiral Sir Edward Howard has recently claimed the Mary Rose as his flagship, and he and his fleet are just off the north-east coast of Kent. He sends out an unusual command, the ships were to head east, then make a sharp turn beyond north Foreland, then...

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Christmas on the Mary Rose 04 Dec 2014
The Mary Rose saw 33 Christmases during her career as a warship, usually moored either somewhere in the Thames or in Portsmouth, except during the winter of 1513 when she was part of a small patrolling unit under the command of Sir Weston Browne.

Whilst she was laid up there would be a skeleton crew on board consisting of a Master and a Purser, plus up to 21 mariners or ship keepers. The guns, rigging, sails, masts and navigation equipment were removed so the crew were pretty much stuck where they were! It’s likely...

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Salvaging the Mary Rose – 1836-1843 10 Oct 2014
The Mary Rose lay on the sea bed for 437 years, but she wasn't completely untouched...

As you may recall, the Tudor attempts to recover the Mary Rose didn’t go well, and the ship was abandoned, and eventually became lost.

It wasn’t until 1836 that anyone had any idea that something was still down there. In June 1836 fishermen began snagging their nets on something...

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