Posts By: Simon Clabby

A snippet of interesting trivia relating to the Mary Rose, and Tudor life in general.  Follow us on Twitter at @MaryRoseMuseum, or the hashtag #TudorTrivia A Bird of Prey on the Mary Rose? We can’t say for certain that there WAS a bird on board the Mary Rose, but there is evidence that at least one of… Read more »

A snippet of interesting trivia relating to the Mary Rose, and Tudor life in general.  Follow us on Twitter at @MaryRoseMuseum, or the hashtag #TudorTrivia Ballast on the Mary Rose 102 tonnes of ballast were on board the Mary Rose when she sank. Consisting of broken flints similar to those originating in the Portsmouth Area, the presence of… Read more »

A snippet of interesting trivia relating to the Mary Rose, and Tudor life in general.  Follow us on Twitter at @MaryRoseMuseum, or the hashtag #TudorTrivia Pancakes on the Mary Rose? An inventory of “stuff, tackle, apparel, ordnance, artillery and habiliments of War” made on 27th July 1514, lists the Mary Rose carrying, among all the rigging and… Read more »

    2016 has been in interesting year, for many reasons both bad and good, depending on your point of view. For the Mary Rose Trust, though, it’s mostly been positive January January, as those of you who’ve been with us a while will know, is usually a fairly quiet month.   While this year… Read more »

The Mary Rose is home to a host of amazingly preserved artefacts, many of which feature decorations such as Tudor Roses, Fleur de Lys and lions, but there are one or two more fantastical beasts lurking in our collections…   The most obvious artefacts to feature fantastic beasts are our linstocks, sticks used to light… Read more »

Learning at Hampton Court

As we’ve mentioned in a previous blog, we at the Mary Rose Museum are very keen on staff development, with training sessions taking place throughout the quiet winter months. Much as schools come to us to learn things they couldn’t do inside the classroom, we decided that we needed to go on ‘school trips’ of… Read more »

The Rubber Duck has undergone a bit of a revolution in the last decade or so. Once shunned as being a bit tacky, that tackiness has been embraced, and thanks to companies like Yarto there are now hundreds of designer ducks, based on everything from the Union flag to Big Ben!   We naturally wanted… Read more »

While  documentation exists to show that the Mary Rose was originally ordered in January 1510, she appears not to have had a name at the time.   Indeed, it wouldn’t be until 18 months later that we get the first mention of the Mary Rose by name, in a somewhat rambling letter from Robert Brigandine,… Read more »

Hatch At Crufts

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… Read more »

Everybody goes to the toilet, even in Tudor times, but what facilities were available on the Mary Rose?   There is little to show what the crew did when they were ‘caught short’, as on vessels of this time the toilets, or heads, were usually located at the very front, or bow of the ship,… Read more »