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

Mary Rose Archive Digitisation – April 2018 30 Apr 2018
This month, we have a guest blog from Alice Mew, Collections Volunteer

April marks the sixth month I have been volunteering with the collections team here at the Mary Rose Trust. Archiving the 35mm film strips has slowly become part of my weekly routine. Each Monday I encounter a new set of photographs, another layer of history waiting to be uncovered....

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Historic Buildings of the Mary Rose Trust 25 Apr 2018
The Mary Rose Museum isn't the only building used by the Mary Rose Trust...

The Mary Rose Trust is situated in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard and Naval Base, a place full of history and associated with many world firsts and notable people.

For example in 1495 the first ever dry dock was built and in 1906 HMS Dreadnought was launched, the first steam-turbine powered battleship....

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A bird of prey on the Mary Rose? 11 Apr 2018
While we can’t say for certain that there was a bird of prey on board the Mary Rose, but there is evidence that at least one of the crew of the Mary Rose owned one as a pet.

Falconry was a popular pastime in the 16th century, and so it is unsurprising that we should find some of the paraphernalia that goes with it.

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Why I Love The Mary Rose… 24 Mar 2018
Emma and Tom Cripps held their Wedding Breakfast and Evening Reception at the Mary Rose after tying the knot at Southsea Castle. Here Emma, from Southsea, describes her memorable day.
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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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