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Artefacts from the Mary Rose have gone on tour all over the world. There have been exhibitions as far afield as the US and Australia, but none of the Mary Rose’s artefacts have travelled as far as parrel ball MR81A594, which in 2011 left Earth altogether!   At a gala dinner for the 2010 space-themed… Read more »

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A snippet of interesting trivia relating to the Mary Rose, and Tudor life in general. Updated most Tuesdays. Follow us on Twitter at @MaryRoseMuseum, or the hashtag #TudorTrivia How tall were the Crew of the Mary Rose? There’s a popular myth that people were considerably smaller in the past, varying from being about a foot shorter than… Read more »

Head of Operations, Paul Griffiths, takes us through his recent visit to Atlanta, attending a rather prestigious conference…   The Museum Store Association supports and promotes the heritage retail business and, although mainly US based, they have members across the world, including the Mary Rose Museum! We joined the MSA in 2014 and since then… Read more »

 I’m Andrew McCarthy and I am a second year History and Politics student at the University of Portsmouth. I’ve been on a work experience placement with the Mary Rose Education Department to find out more about public engagement with historical research. I’ve been investigating contemporary sources to extend the topics they cover in workshops and… Read more »

The Mary Rose, from the Anthony Roll
Image courtesy of the Magdalene College Library, Cambridge

The Mary Rose Museum has been involved with Shakespeare Week, a national scheme run by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, since its inception. Despite the fact that Shakespeare himself would never have seen the Mary Rose, as he was born in 1564, nearly 20 years after King Henry VIII’s famous warship sank, the collection gives a… 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 »

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While many of you enjoyed our look at what has been going on inside the galleries since we closed the main museum at the end of November, there was still the question “What about inside the hotbox, where the ship is?”   Well, we’ve had a timelapse camera installed, and we’re pleased to be able… Read more »

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Since the end of November 2015 the Mary Rose Museum has been closed, with only a mini exhibition and film available to our visitors. During this period, we’ve had nearly 9,000 visitors, and according to our surveys they’ve all gone away satisfied, but even so, they still ask “What’s going on in the museum?”  … Read more »