Posts By: Simon Clabby

It’s hard to believe that it’s been a year since the Mary Rose Museum opened its doors to the public. It feels like only yesterday that we were still in the old museum, surrounded by empty display cases, wondering if we’d ever get to the new place!   Looking back on the day of the… Read more »

The Mary Rose has, over the years, given birth to a number of myths. The main one is the tale of her sinking on her maiden voyage, which we’re slowly trying to kill off, but recently a new one has appeared.   We’ve had hundreds of reviews on TripAdvisor over the last year, the vast majority… Read more »

The Mary Rose is, thanks to her high profile recovery in 1982, a fairly well-known name in the UK, but where did the name come from?   There have been many suggestions over the years, but these are the main ones.   Mary Boleyn. Let’s just get this out of the way. Despite what you… Read more »

Much is made of the Mary Rose’s last battle, but you rarely hear about her first, the Battle of Saint-Mathieu, 33 years earlier.   Europe, 1512; The War of the League of Cambrai was waging, and at this point England had allied itself with Spain, the Papal states and the Holy Roman Empire against an… Read more »

One of the wonderful things about the Mary Rose is that the artefacts tell the story of the lives of ordinary sailors, people who otherwise would remain unrecorded in history. However, there is one account of the activities of Mary Rose sailors in official records, but sadly they weren’t distinguishing themselves…   On 11th June… Read more »

Our ship’s ratter ‘Hatch’ is getting around a lot at the moment. Not only have we recently started stocking his guide to the Mary Rose in our shop, but he’s also been the subject of our half term activity, which will be having its last day on Friday, 21st February.   It may seem odd,… Read more »

The Battle of the Solent is one of those events in history that had the potential to be very important, but is pretty much unknown. Indeed, many people who live near the Solent probably would never have heard of this battle on their doorstep if it weren’t for the loss of the Mary Rose, and… Read more »

A recent study has shown that playing boardgames can improve a child’s mathematical abilities. Whether that’s true or not is another thing, but it shows that even though we live in an increasingly digital age, people still like playing board games!   Which is lucky for us, as we’ve recently launched a few of our own,… Read more »