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

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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Identifying an old dog with new tricks 29 Jan 2019
An international team of scientists have identified the youngest member of the Mary Rose’s crew: The ship’s dog.

The dog, nicknamed "Hatch" by our team, was discovered on the seabed on 12th July 1981 outside the carpenter’s cabin, under a pile of chests belonging to the carpenter and several gunners. 

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The Mary Rose Christmas Quiz 07 Dec 2018
How well do you know your Tudor Christmas Traditions?

Most of what we consider "Christmas" comes from the Victorians, but the Tudors had their own Christmas traditions too. How many do you know?

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The Mary Rose and the Battle of Flodden Field 30 Nov 2018
The Mary Rose is probably better known for fighting the French, but did you know she also fought another of England’s neighbours?

While today relations between England and Scotland are mostly civil, it’s not always been that way. Scotland were long-time allies of France, so in 1513 King James IV of Scotland demanded that the English army withdraw from French Soil. Henry, unsurprisingly, declined, so James IV built up an army of...

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Fantastic Beasts of the Mary Rose (and where to find them) 16 Nov 2018
Looking for Mythical Creatures at the Mary Rose

The Mary Rose is home to a host of amazingly preserved artefacts, many of which feature decorations such as Tudor Roses, Fleur de Lys and lions, but there are one or two more fantastical beasts lurking in our collections…

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Which of these are real ships in Henry VIII's Navy? 02 Nov 2018
Which ones have we made up?

Henry VIII built up a large fleet during his time as king, and there were some very peculiar names among them!

We've chosen some from a list of Henry VIII's ships that fought in the French wars between 12 February 1545 and 11th July 1546, can you spot which ones...

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Meet Tom 19 Oct 2018
"Hello. My name is Tom and I am the new Graduate Museum Learning Trainee for the Learning Department at The Mary Rose"

"My 7 month internship is being generously sponsored by the University of Winchester. I have only been here for just over a month but, I’ve already learnt an enormous amount. Having only just graduated from the university with a degree in Archaeology, it has already been an incredible journey...

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Make your own Henry VIII! 12 Oct 2018
Never mind the Elf on a Shelf, have a King on a Thing!

Colour and build your own King Henry VIII, which looks marvellous sat on your shelf, mantelpiece or anywhere else!

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