Student and schools workshops | The Mary Rose

 

Book your workshop and museum visit for September 2021 onwards (subject to any further government restrictions)

If you have any enquiries you can get in touch by emailing groups@maryrose.org

We look forward to seeing you again soon.

The Mary Rose Learning Team

 

School and college workshops

Be inspired by our award-winning learning department

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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!

 

Visit Prices - UK Schools

Teacher-led Discovery Visit at the Mary Rose - £5 per pupil

The Mary Rose Museum houses the wreck of King Henry VIII’s flagship alongside thousands of original Tudor objects reflecting all levels of Tudor life.

This teacher-led visit allows schools to explore the museum and discover the story of the Mary Rose. Compare life for officers and crew on the ship by focusing on key individuals such as the Archer and Surgeon. Pioneering science and technology is at the heart of the Mary Rose story from her design, the diving and excavation to the latest DNA research into the crew.

New for 2021 – ‘1545: When their world ended’ immersive experience

Teacher-led Discover More at the Mary Rose - £6 per pupil

Make more of your visit with fast tracked entry to the Mary Rose Museum through our private school entrance. Pupils will get an exclusive introduction to the Mary Rose Museum from our dedicated team with an opportunity to ask questions. Glimpse behind the scenes at our reserve collection of artefacts not on show to the public. Take part in a class challenge to be completed during the visit. The museum team will help teachers orientate themselves ready to lead the class around the museum confidently.

Teachers and adult helpers FREE

Workshops £75 per session

Key Stage 1 & 2: Primary School Programme

Henry’s Heroes

Life on board the Mary Rose

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!

Materials of the Mary Rose

Investigate a plastic-free world

Work with real and replica artefacts to investigate Tudor materials and their properties.

Were they fit for purpose?

How do they compare with modern materials?

Use digital microscopes to compare sample materials and see them in high definition!

Fighting Fit

Who were the men of the Mary Rose?

Dispel some of those myths about Tudor life using evidence from the Mary Rose skeletons.  A series of hands-on activities is designed to answer the question: Are we fitter and healthier than our Tudor ancestors? Pupils will discover the impact of work, diet and exercise on the crew and the officers.

Tudor Gun Drill     

Battle plans and cannon fire

Two-part challenge:

  1. What does it take to work as a member of a Tudor Gun Crew? What would it be like on board in the heat of battle? In small teams, load and fire our full-size replica gun.
  2. Think big! Teams plan a strategy to attack or defend Portsmouth Harbour in 1545 with ships and castles using a contemporary map. Can you change history? 

Key Stage 3 & 4: Secondary School Programme

Tudor History Mystery                 

Contribute to the ongoing debate

Source work:

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.

Artefact handling:

Handle mystery replica artefacts. What does this amazing collection reveal about Tudor life?

What sank the Mary Rose?

Practical investigation

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.

Post-16 Programme

Presentation plus practical challenge and discussion

£150 per session

Meet a member of the Museum Management Team.  

Suitable for students studying:

  • Leisure, Travel and Tourism
  • Business Studies
  • Marketing
  • History and Archaeology
  • Teacher Training
  • Museum Studies
Useful information for teachers and leaders

Arrival and supervision around the site

Entrance to the Mary Rose Museum is on the right-hand side of the Dockyard gate. Bags may be searched. On arrival, make your way to the Mary Rose Museum. You may wish to visit the toilets in Boathouse 7 on route or use the toilets outside the Mary Rose Museum to the right of the main door. The Museum is 10 minutes’ walk from the main visitor entrance.  Appropriate clothing should be worn in bad weather. 

Please ensure that your pupils are supervised at all times. Teachers and adult helpers are free.  Please make museum staff aware of any particular special needs to ensure we can give extra assistance where applicable.

The Museum

The museum operates a one-way visitor route over three floors. This involves use of lifts and/or stairs. All areas can be accessed by lifts and ramps. A floor plan of the Museum for reference along with key areas to explore is included in this pack.

The aim is that visitors of all ages enjoy the experience of being in the museum:

Look               See thousands of artefacts on show opposite the ship and watch the projections

Listen              Sounds bring the three different levels to life

Touch             Replica objects and other activities are available

Smell               Find the real rope for a real Tudor scent!

Ask                  Museum Team Members are available to answer questions

The Museum is a very dark environment.  It is lit dramatically to show the artefacts to their best advantage and to ensure that they do not suffer damage from the light. 

You may wish to be aware that human remains are displayed on the lower and upper decks of the museum. The content of some displays e.g. the Surgeon may upset particularly sensitive children.

Due to the size and layout of the museum, children are at risk of getting lost if they stray from their group. Please strongly advise children to stay with their group. If they are lost or you realise someone is missing, inform a Museum Team Member who will activate our lost child procedure.  

Museum Team Members are in uniform and wear identification badges. Mary Rose lanyards and badges are worn by staff in non-uniform. Approach anyone with any questions or concerns. They will be happy to help you or direct you to the appropriate place for help.

In order to ensure that all our visitors enjoy their visit to the full, please ensure that your pupils:

  • Behave in an appropriate manner for museum visiting
  • Walk (please don’t run!) around the building
  • Don’t eat or drink in the museum
  • Don’t use mobile phones in the galleries in a way which disturbs others

In the very unusual circumstance of groups or individuals behaving in an offensive or unreasonable manner, the Museum reserves the right to ask you to leave the site.

Mary Rose Workshops

You will be met on arrival at the museum entrance. For later sessions, please arrive at the door to the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Learning Centre (at the back of the Mary Rose Museum) 5 minutes before your workshop begins unless directed otherwise.

Coat and bag storage is available in the Learning Centre for groups who have booked workshops. However, we cannot take any responsibility for loss or damage to personal belongings. Please advise pupils to bring as little as possible and no valuable items.

We are very happy to accommodate SEND pupils. Just let us know how we can help.

Two emergency toilets are available in the Learning Centre for those undertaking workshops.  Please make use of the main facilities outside at the front of the museum or in the Upper Deck gallery for whole group toilet breaks. 

Toilets, Lunch and Shop

Toilets are available just outside the main Museum entrance and inside the Museum on the upper floor. Accessible toilets are located in the Learning Centre, in Reception and just outside the Museum.   

A shared space for visiting schools in Boathouse 7 is available for children to eat their lunch. Visitors are not permitted to eat their own packed lunch in the Museum Cafe. Please note – this facility is approximately a 5 minute walk from the Museum.  Alternatively, there are places to sit outside in fine weather.

The shop stocks pocket-money items. Please encourage pupils to move around the shop in small groups and have their money ready at the till. ‘Goody bags’ are also available to pre-order if time is tight. 

Evaluation

We value feedback on visits.  You and your pupils may be asked to fill in evaluation forms to help us to monitor our work.

Useful downloads for teachers
Teacher's Guides

Everything you need to know when planning your visit to the Mary Rose

Enquiries

Please express your interest by filling in the form below, or calling us on +44(0)23 9281 2931 (ext. 2311). Please note this form does not constitute a booking.


Cancellation Policy

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.

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