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

The 180-Year-Old Mary Rose Souvenirs 02 Aug 2022
This month, Collections Intern Rosanna discusses some of the souvenirs produced during the Mary Rose craze of the 1840s.

"The shop of the Mary Rose Museum today is well stocked with gifts to help remember a visit. However, rather than a cuddly toy Hatch or a Henry VIII rubber duck, the souvenirs of the 1840s used salvaged wood from the Mary Rose to produce intricate objects…"

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What sank the Mary Rose? A perfect cross-curricular enquiry for any age 18 Jul 2022
The question What really sank the Mary Rose? is one of the most asked at the Mary Rose Museum. In July, the month when the Mary Rose sank in 1545, this blog discusses why this question makes such a great topic for learners of all ages.

What sank the Mary Rose? is a genuine historical question. School visitors are presented with a wide variety of evidence in an age-appropriate way: historical, archaeological and scientific. Theories include too much wind; overloading; misbehaving crew and French cannon fire. No one knows the real answer. We have a number...

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477 Years Ago: When their world ended, our story began 04 Jul 2022
A blog from Tom, one of the Kick Start trainees working with our Collections Team

477 years ago this month, on 19th July 1545, the Mary Rose sank in the Solent, the strait North of the Isle of Wight.  On this day, hundreds of men lost their lives to an unforeseeable tragedy.

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What Doug Dived 01 Jul 2022
Diving on the Mary Rose

An interview with Doug Barnett, diver on the Mary Rose, undertaken by students from Cams Hill School, Porchester, as part of Kids in Museums' Takeover Day 2022

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Museum Volunteers: Inspiring the Next Generation 14 Jun 2022
Meet Mike, a learning volunteer at the Mary Rose.

Earlier this month we celebrated Volunteers Week 2022, this month’s Education blog is written by Mike who has been a volunteer in the Learning Department at the Mary Rose for just over twelve years.

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An Un-bell-ieveable Discovery! 07 Jun 2022
The ship’s bell was one of the last Mary Rose artefacts found, unexpectedly, beneath the wreck during preparation excavations for raising the ship in October 1982.

Discover the story of the bell’s recovery, its purpose, and how it is now pride of place within the museum galleries once more. 

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