About the Mary Rose Trust
Who are we?
The Mary Rose Trust is responsible for King Henry VIII’s favourite warship, the Mary Rose and her unique collection of artefacts.
It is also responsible for developing the museum as a world-class visitor experience and as a scientific and educational resource.
The Mary Rose Trust is a limited charitable trust, formed in 1979. It is responsible for conserving and displaying the Mary Rose hull and her unique collection of artefacts for this and future generations. It is also responsible for developing the museum as a world-class visitor experience and as a scientific and educational resource. For those who are unable to visit the Mary Rose Museum, the Trust offers an extensive and innovative outreach programme.
The Mary Rose provides the finest insight into life 500 years ago. It tells the story of the ship and her crew through their personal possessions and their professional tools.
The President of the Mary Rose Trust is HRH The Prince of Wales, who has been involved with the Mary Rose ever since his first dive on the wreck back in 1974. Prince Charles continues to follow the project with a very close interest, and has played an active role in our objective of reuniting the Mary Rose with her incredible collection of artefacts.
The Trust’s vision is:-
"To sustain the Mary Rose and her collection as a leading museum, and consistently provide a world class visitor experience"
After years of planning, fundraising and building, the Mary Rose Museum opened to the public on 31st May 2013. It reunites the hull and artefacts for the first time since the excavation and recovery over 30 years ago. Packed with fascinating artefacts and plenty to enjoy, the museum is a wonderful day out for all the family. It gives people the chance to immerse themselves in the environment of a Tudor warship.
The Mary Rose’s history is for everyone. The museum has been designed to be fully accessible for all our visitors.
The Mary Rose museum has won over 20 awards for excellence in design, construction, exhibition, conservation, visitor experience, education and innovation. The museum is a finalist in the European Museum of the Year which will be announced in May 2015.
Mary Rose Archaeological Services Ltd (MRAS) is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Mary Rose Trust. The purpose of the company is to make available to the archaeological and conservation communities the facilities and experience gained by the Trust as the leading UK museum for maritime archaeology and conservation (UKMCS).