Our busy Learning Department provides learning opportunities for all ages and abilities in the purpose-built Stavros Niarchos Foundation Learning Centre classroom and laboratory. School visits, CPD for teachers, family learning and more!
Key Stage 1 & 2: Primary School Programme
Discover life above and below decks on King Henry VIII’s favourite warship. Handle a wide range of replica artefacts to investigate how differently the officers and crew lived, worked and played at sea. Dressing up for all with our replica Tudor clothing – bring the camera for a brilliant photo opportunity for the whole class!
Work with real and replica artefacts to investigate Tudor materials, focusing on the properties of materials. Were they fit for purpose? How do they compare with modern materials, particularly plastic? Use digital microscopes to compare sample materials and see them in high definition to find out more about their properties and how they are conserved in the museum
Dispel some of those myths about Tudor life. Are we fitter and healthier than our Tudor ancestors? A series of activities looking at diet and fitness via our skeletons, food and exercise is designed to answer this question. Handle replica artefacts to understand the impact of lifestyle on the officers and crew of the Mary Rose.
KS2 Science (Animals including humans)
A two-part challenge:
What was it like to live in the home port of the Mary Rose? Look at maps, handle replica artefacts and dress up to build up a picture of life in Portsmouth 500 years ago. How much has the City changed since the time of the Mary Rose? How does it compare to modern life?
Key Stage 3 & 4: Secondary School Programme
Why did the Mary Rose sink and why is she so significant? Engage in a genuine debate comparing conflicting primary sources on the sinking of the ship before voting for the most likely theory. Try to identify mystery replica artefacts. What does this amazing collection reveal about Tudor life?
Practical activities focus on two key areas: materials conservation and forensic science. Students use digital and light microscopes to look at real and replica materials from the Mary Rose. Which materials survive and why?
Discussion of the latest research on the skeletons from the wreck shows how DNA and isotope analysis has changed our view of the Tudors forever.
Just how bad was Tudor medicine? How effective was the Mary Rose Surgeon? Using costumes and replica artefacts as props role-play the Surgeon and his patients in scenarios based on the Mary Rose crew. Medical practice must be strictly Tudor!
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Examine Latin inscriptions found on the Mary Rose and explore their significance. Handle replicas to investigate what the Mary Rose collection tells us about the tumultuous reign King Henry VIII. Explore evidence of change and continuity in church, state and society, 1509 – 1545.
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Why did the Mary Rose sink? Was the ship unstable or overloaded? Were there other factors? Test predictions relating to stability and load-bearing capacity of models. Use the scientific evidence to support or refute the theories, and consider what further evidence may be required.
See thousands of real artefacts all dating from 1545 in the museum, including some not found anywhere else in the world. Dr David Starkey calls it “England’s Pompeii” – one moment in time preserved for ever. Includes:
Meet the Museum Management Team and put key areas of business in context. Topics offered include: operational issues; customer service; marketing.
Supports IB Theory of Knowledge and A Level Arts and Sciences
Encourage critical thinking in 16+ learning. A challenging inter-disciplinary day involving History, Science and Archaeology. Workshop sessions on the sinking of the Mary Rose involve:
Everything you need to know when planning your visit to the Mary Rose
Get your students some pre-knowledge of the Mary Rose with these downloadable pupil's guides
We require confirmed numbers together with full payment for your booking 21 days prior to your visit to the Mary Rose. Please note, if you have booked workshops, we require 21 days’ notice of cancellation. Cancellation within 21 days will incur charges.