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

Education in Tudor England 16 Oct 2023
Did the Mary Rose's crew go to school?

In this month's learning blog, Jane, one of our learning volunteers, is taking a look at what options were available for the Tudors when it came to education...

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Marine Life on the Mary Rose shipwreck 03 Oct 2023
Isabella, our Weston Heritage Conservation and Heritage Science Intern tells the story of some of the marine creatures that visited the shipwreck of the Mary Rose.

At the Mary Rose museum, you will find the remains of some of the animals that were onboard the Mary Rose when she sank, including the ship's dog and the rats he was there to catch. But did you know that we also have evidence of creatures that visited the...

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Southsea Castle 18 Sep 2023
The history of Henry VIII’s castle by the sea

Southsea Castle has a special place in the history of the Mary Rose – It was from here that Henry VIII witnessed the sinking of his favourite warship, and the first exhibition of objects recovered from the wreck was held within the castle keep. But what’s the full story behind...

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Recording a Tudor Navy: The Anthony Roll 04 Sep 2023
The story behind the only known Tudor depiction of the Mary Rose...

Images are a powerful source of information that can tell us details words cannot. In this blog we explore the Anthony Roll, which depicts one of the most recognisable and iconic portraits of the Mary Rose

Guest blog written by Francesca Raine for the Mary Rose collections team

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Utilising immersive technology to tell the incredible stories of the Mary Rose by Pippa Bostock 09 Aug 2023
Collaborating with the Centre for Creative and Immersive XR at the University of Portsmouth

Over the last 18 months, the Mary Rose Trust has been lucky enough to collaborate with the Centre for Creative and Immersive XR at the University of Portsmouth. This cutting-edge, state of the art facility opened just 3 miles from the Historic Dockyard in early 2022, and The Mary Rose...

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Queering The Mary Rose's Collection 08 Aug 2023
How can we understand The Mary Rose’s collection of personal objects through a Queer lens?

This blog does not attempt to identify the sexuality or gender identity of crew members, which would be an impossible task. Instead, we will use ‘Queerness as an interpretative tool’ to represent LGBTQ+ stories.

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