The Mary Rose blog

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

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?

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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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The Boats of the Mary Rose 27 Oct 2015
What's that boat being towed behind the Mary Rose?

The Anthony Roll, which features one of only two contemporary depictions of the Mary Rose, shows the Mary Rose with a boat being towed along behind.

The Mary Rose, like most large ships in Henry’s fleet, would have had three boats; a “Great Boat”, a “Cock Boat” and a “Jolly...

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The Mary Rose “Crow’s Nest” 13 Oct 2015
When is a crow's nest not a crows nest?

While it has become standard to call the look-out point usually located at the top of a mast a “Crow’s Nest”, the term is actually quite specific.

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