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Blue Peter and the Mary Rose

For many people, Blue Peter and the Mary Rose are inextricably linked – and for good reason!

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1971 – A gun from the Mary Rose

Presenter – Valerie Singleton

In 1971, not long after the rediscovery of the Mary Rose, a port piece recovered from the recently uncovered wreck site was featured on Blue Peter, with Valerie Singleton telling the story of the sinking, and how the gun was loaded and fired. This gun is now on display in the Museum in the Men of the Main Deck gallery.

This would be the first update from the Mary Rose project, and certainly not the last…

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1982 – Diving on the Mary Rose

Presenter – Sarah Greene and Simon Groom

On 19th May 1982 presenter Sarah Greene dived on the wreck site. While diving, she recovered a deadeye, part of the ship’s rigging.

Sarah, alongside co-presenter Simon Groom, also visited the President of the Mary Rose Trust, HRH The Prince of Wales, who showed them some of the treasures recovered. Sarah was also on hand to report on the raising of the Mary Rose on 11th October 1982.

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1986 – York Minster

Presenter – Simon Groom

On 9th July 1984, the historic York Minster suffered a fire that destroyed the roof of the south transept. As part of the rebuild process, in 1986 Blue Peter viewers were invited to submit designs for six new bosses for the vaulted ceiling, representing events of importance from the 20th century.

One of the winners, Joanna Biggs, chose the raising of the Mary Rose, which can still be seen on the ceiling of the Minster to this day!

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1989 – Mystery objects

Presenter – None

The Mary Rose took part in the Blue Peter “Mystery Object” competition which ran across the country. Our mystery object was an oak fiddle loom, used to make strops for supporting heavy items – Some of which were actually found on the Mary Rose!

While none of the Blue Peter team came to the Mary Rose Museum during this, we did have a party for the prize winners!

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1992 – Replacing the decks

Presenter – Diane-Louise Jordan

In the 90s presenter Diane-Louise Jordan visited the Mary Rose to see how work had progressed on replacing the deck planking, and became one of the first three women to have walked on the decks of the Mary Rose in over four centuries!

She also had a chance to see the dead-eye that Sarah Greene discovered ten years earlier…

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2013 – Putting the Mary Rose Museum on the map

Presenter – Helen Skelton

In 2013, with the opening of the new Mary Rose Museum, Helen Skelton assisted the Ordnance Survey with plotting the new building onto the Ordnance Survey maps used by everybody from ramblers to the armed forces.

See the Mary Rose on the map

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2016 – Uncovering conservation!

Presenter – Radzi Chinyanganya

In 2016 Radzi came to discover how the conservation of the Mary Rose took place, and helped start work on extracting a cat hook from a concretion.

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Blue Peter badges.

The Mary Rose Museum is one of over 200 attractions around the UK that Blue Peter badge holders can get into for free.

To gain free entry, each child (under 16s only) must have a badge and valid badge card and free entry is only available when a full paying Ultimate Explorer ticket is purchased (adult or concession). Not available online or with any other discount or special offer. Excludes special ticketed events. Blue Peter Badge must be produced at time of purchase. Tickets must be purchased from the Visitor Centre, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard only. Please note walk up tickets are more expensive than tickets purchased online

Find out more on the Blue Peter website.