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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 »

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

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 »

Parrel ball

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 »