The Mary Rose blog

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

The views from our Bridge Balcony (and our Wardroom) 14 Nov 2016
We think it’s a given that the Mary Rose presents some of the most stunning interior vistas in the UK.

Now that Henry VIII’s flagship has been re-imagined in all her glory, our visitors get to see the jaw-dropping sight of the mighty hull itself, towering above them, as they walk the exhibition’s three floors.

But did you know that outside, our views are just as grand? Take our newly-constructed...

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Tudor Weddings – The Good News 01 Nov 2016
OK, we’ll admit it, stealing wedding ideas from the Tudor era may seem a little risky, considering that two thirds of Henry VIII’s wives were either executed or divorced!

But while Henry could never be described as the world’s greatest bridegroom, he did know how to build a magnificent ship (ahem) and he also knew how to throw a fabulous party. And so do we.

The Mary Rose Museum captures everything that was magnificent about the Tudor era –...

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Make your celebration shipshape 04 Oct 2016
It’s only a guess on our part but if you’re considering The Mary Rose for your celebration then maybe you’re more than a bit interested in the nautical life and its heritage and traditions?

Fact is that while the Mary Rose may seem very old to all of us, in naval defence terms she’s a bit on the young side – it was King Alfred the Great who got going with the navy thing, way back in the ninth century.

Ever since we launched...

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Projecting the Past – Putting the Men on the Mary Rose 13 Sep 2016
Bringing the Mary Rose to life

One of the new things we introduced to the Mary Rose Museum when we reopened in July 2016 was life-sized projections of the crew, populating the ship so visitors can see what life was like on board a busy Tudor Warship. But how were these films created?

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Looking Back: the Mary Rose in space 19 May 2016
Artefacts from the Mary Rose have gone on tour all over the world. There have been exhibitions as far afield as the US and Australia, but none of the Mary Rose’s artefacts have travelled as far as parrel ball MR81A594, which in 2011 left Earth altogether!

At a gala dinner for the 2010 space-themed Portsmouth Festivities, the Mary Rose Trust presented the crew of the Atlantis Space Shuttle with a parrel ball recovered from the Mary Rose, with the hope that it would be taken into space.

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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?

There is little to show what the crew did when they were ‘caught short’, as on vessels of this time the toilets, or heads, were usually located at the very front, or...

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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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