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

Give mum a Mother’s Day she’ll never forget with afternoon tea at the Mary Rose 08 Mar 2018
Stuck for inspiration this Mother’s Day? Why not go all out and treat mum to the experience of a lifetime, with a sumptuous afternoon tea and a magical tour of the 16th century Mary Rose, Henry VIII’s favourite warship.

Your visit will begin with a guided tour of the museum, where floor-to-ceiling windows in all nine galleries showcase the largest Tudor artefact on display anywhere in the world.

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Learning Internships at the Mary Rose 06 Mar 2018
Meet Natalie, Graduate Museum Learning Trainee at The Mary Rose

"Hello everyone! My name is Natalie and I’m on a seven month traineeship as Graduate Museum Learning Trainee which is sponsored by the University of Winchester. I graduated from the University of Winchester in 2017 with first class honours in Classical Studies. I’m now nearing the end of my traineeship...

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Mary Rose Archive Digitisation – February 2018 02 Mar 2018
This month, we have a guest blog from Jessica Willis, one of our Collections Volunteers

One of my favourite things about working in the museum’s archives is stumbling across dark, murky images of protruding beams, barely perceptible in the depths of the Solent, and realising that’s the very same ship displayed just thirty yards away. Countless times I’ve found myself studying what appears to be...

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Fall in love with the Mary Rose 14 Feb 2018
February 14th is supposed to be the most romantic day of the year – but why confine romance to just one day?

With gorgeous views, atmospheric spaces, and the awe-inspiring hull of a Tudor warship as the stunning backdrop, the Mary Rose is a truly magical place to fall in love with at any time of year.

Brimming with history and romance, our world-class venue in the heart of Portsmouth Historic Dockyard...

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What did they do with the drunken sailors? 06 Feb 2018
In June 1539, four of the Mary Rose's crew went drinking...

One of the wonderful things about the Mary Rose is that the artefacts tell the story of the lives of ordinary sailors, people who otherwise would remain unrecorded in history. However, there is one account of the activities of Mary Rose sailors in official records, but sadly they weren't distinguishing...

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Digitisation Blog – 15,000 images scanned! 03 Jan 2018
The Collections Volunteers have reached their target!

Back in February 2017, thanks to funding from Arts Council England’s Designation Development Fund, the Mary Rose Trust were able to start the process of digitising its vast photographic archive of the material.  After fully getting our heads round what was required, we recruited a fantastic team of enthusiastic...

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Mary Rose Archive Digitisation – November 2017 04 Dec 2017
Digitisation continues...

In late October, we welcomed eight new Collections Volunteers to the digitisation team. Following an induction day, which involved an introduction and overview of the Mary Rose Trust, we commenced training on all the digitisation processes. After this, the new team members wasted no time in getting stuck into the...

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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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