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Where Were You in 82? - Mary Rose Special Branch 26 Sep 2022
William Alwyn "Al" Davies is a member of the Mary Rose Special Branch of the British Sub Aqua Club

I have been a diver for many years and have dived on many various shipwrecks. Some in other sea areas of other countries, including some initial Archaeology experience on HMS Coronation at Penlee Point under the authorisation of Cmdr. Bax, of Fort Bovisand, Plymouth. The most interesting experience of them...

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Planning a school trip this academic year? 20 Sep 2022
Why visit the Mary Rose?

Working with teachers, we understand the huge effort of organising a school trip particularly in the current economic climate. However, the benefits of a school trip can reach far beyond the classroom and a one day trip. Tony, a retired teacher and one of our costumed volunteers, considers how the...

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Where Were You in 82? - Lifting the Mary Rose 13 Sep 2022
John Gray operated Tog Mor, the crane that lifted the Mary Rose.

"I was Marine Manager of Howard Doris when I heard at a chance meeting with Wendel Lewis, about April 1981, that the Mary Rose Trust was seeking a crane to lift the wreck from the seabed in the Solent. This started my involvement with an incredibly interesting project"

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XR and the Mary Rose 05 Sep 2022
In this month's collections blog, find out how we're working with the University of Portsmouth to find new ways of sharing the Mary Rose's story.

"I’m Tana, and I’ve been the Weston Heritage Curatorial Intern this summer with the Mary Rose Trust. Over the last few months, I’ve been fortunate to get involved in the fantastic work which has led to some new temporary installations in partnership with the University of Portsmouth’s Centre for Creative...

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Where Were You in 82? - Royal Engineers 31 Aug 2022
Hugh McKnight was a Royal Engineers Diver during the final stages of the recovery of the Mary Rose

"I worked on the Mary Rose project from August until October 1982, and was very fortunate to be present (between support vessel Sleipner and crane Tog Mor) on the 11th October when she came to the surface.  Along with other work, I completed 31 dives, totalling 52 hours and 48...

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Are we fitter and healthier than our Tudor ancestors? 16 Aug 2022
Our latest Learning blog talks about how the Tudors eat, and how we can use this to teach children today about food...

"I’m Jane and I volunteer with the Learning team completing administration and research projects. Over the summer, we have taken part in the HAF FUN Pompey community programme with two sessions on Tudor food and medicine in partnership with Groundlings Theatre. Using evidence from the Mary Rose, we can discuss...

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