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We get asked a lot of questions, both in the museum and online, ranging from the basic (‘how long was the Mary Rose?’ - The hull on display is 32 m long, the whole ship, from bowstem to sterncastle is estimated to have been around 42 metres when she sank.) to the absurdly technical (‘What is… Read more »

Tony and Barry, in Tudor costume.

The Lord Mayor’s Show in London has been running for nearly 800 years, since before the Mary Rose was even a glint in Henry VIII’s eye. However, this year the Mary Rose Museum sent along a couple of representatives, Tony Green and Barry Reah, who along with Henry the Tudor Duck joined in the parade. We’ll let Tony tell… Read more »

The Dog, on display in the Mary Rose Museum

An international team of scientists have identified the youngest member of the Mary Rose’s crew: The ship’s dog. Recovered over a period of several months, the dog was found partially outside the carpenter’s cabin, the rest inside, under a pile of chests belonging to the carpenter and several gunners. After many years in the collections… Read more »

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As you may recall, the Tudor attempts to recover the Mary Rose didn’t go well, and the ship was abandoned, and eventually became lost.   It wasn’t until 1836 that anyone had any idea that something was still down there. In June 1836 fishermen began snagging their nets on something on the sea bed. Henry… Read more »

MR-telly

The raising of the Mary Rose has become a standard by which all other large scale archaeological excavations is compared, due to its impact in the public eye, something that hadn’t really happened since the discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun in 1922. From the media circus around the identification of the skeleton of Richard… Read more »

charlieandjune1

Charlie and June have volunteered at the museum for the last 8 years. They work together on the handling tables around the museum explaining a variety of replica artefacts to our visitors. A favourite is the Surgeon’s table with the Tudor doctor’s equipment for making medicines and treating injuries. What most visitors do not realise… Read more »

This blog is a sort-of sequel to one written for the Huffington Post, so once you’ve read that, come back…   Right, hope you enjoyed it. While the maiden voyage myth (if you skipped the link, the Mary Rose had time between launching and sinking to enjoy a 34 year long career) is our most… Read more »

teentakeover1

“Hi, it’s Georgia from Peter Symonds College. This summer I had the opportunity to volunteer at the Mary Rose Museum to enhance my learning about Tudor history and to give me an experience working in museums. I learned so much about the Mary Rose itself, and about how the museum functioned – plus it gives… Read more »

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This summer, find the time to make your own Mary Rose Compass Sundial!   This model is based on a compass found on the upper deck of the Mary Rose. Our model is a bit bigger than the real one (33mm wide and 6mm thick), but you can always resize it if you’re a stickler for… Read more »

adamswreck

After the Battle of the Solent had ended, the French had withdrawn and the clean-up process had begun, work on recovering the Mary Rose was started. Even though she was quite an old ship, with 34 years behind her when she sank in 1545, she was still a valuable asset, as well as the property… Read more »