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

Mary Rose weddings, with a little inspiration from the royals… 20 Nov 2017
As Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip celebrate a remarkable 70 years of marriage on 20th November, we thought we’d take a look at royal weddings through the centuries, and see what inspiration we can draw from them.

Princess Margaret’s wedding to Antony Armstrong-Jones in the spring of 1960 was the first royal wedding to be broadcast live on television, and since then, the world has tuned in to a succession of royal nuptials.

In 1981, we watched with bated breath as a young Lady Diana Spencer walked...

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The Peter Pomegranate 31 Oct 2017
Sister ship of the Mary Rose

When the Mary Rose was built in 1510, she wasn't built on her own. A second, smaller ship was commissioned at the same time...

“Right worshipful sir, I heartily recommend me unto you, [...] furthermore desiring your mastership that for the indenture of parchment that I delivered unto you there...

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Mary Rose – Digitisation Blog – October 2017 20 Oct 2017
Digitisation continues...

October has been a major month in the digitisation project in terms of milestones that we have now reached.  Firstly, the Collections Volunteers have completed the digitisation of the 35mm slides currently held in the archive!  This is a huge achievement in itself, but on top of this – the...

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World-renowned historian and author visits the Mary Rose 03 Oct 2017
Internationally-renowned historian Alison Weir is to visit the Mary Rose to hold a dinner surrounded by the preserved timbers of Henry VIII’s most famous vessel.

Alison, who has published 25 titles and sold more than 2.7 million books, will host the high-profile event on the Upper Deck – a newly-refurbished space within the shiphall that brings people closer than ever before to the only 16th century warship on display in the world.

Alison, author of ...

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Mary Rose – Digitisation Blog – July 2017 08 Aug 2017
Digitisation continues...

July has been a very busy month on the Mary Rose Digitisation Project. At the end of the month, we reached the major milestone of 7,500 digitised images. This marks the half way point towards our Phase 1 target of 15,000 digitised images. A huge congratulations to the Collections Volunteers...

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Meet Cuthbert, the Mary Rose Cuttlefish! 03 Aug 2017
It wasn’t just the Mary Rose Trust who were diving on the wrecksite…

During the excavation on the Mary Rose, two cuttlefish appeared to live on the wreck site and were adopted by the divers as pets. One was affectionately called Cuthbert, as can be seen in this article from the Portsmouth News, while the other one’s name we can’t find. Anybody able...

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Mary Rose – Digitisation Blog – June 2017 04 Jul 2017
Digitisation continues...

By the end of June, the Mary Rose Trust Collections Volunteers had digitised 5,651 of the 35mm slides held in the archive. Looking back it’s incredible at just how much progress has been made since the team started on this digitisation project in February. We are over 1/3 of the...

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Mary Rose – Digitisation Blog – May 2017 07 Jun 2017
Digitisation continues...

As the start of June marks Volunteers’ Week, it is a good opportunity to look back on just how far the Digitisation project has come. Some incredible progress was made by the Collections Volunteer team in May – their collective efforts mean that 3,927 slides had been digitised...

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Mary Rose – Digitisation Blog – April 2017 02 May 2017
Digitisation continues...

The Collections Volunteers have been making amazing progress. About a week after we announced we had digitised 1,000 slides, our volunteers reached the next landmark of 1,500 and last week they reached the 2,000 mark!  

But it isn’t all about work when you’re a volunteer. This week, we arranged...

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