The Cowdray Engraving, depicting the Battle of the Solent and the Loss of the Mary Rose.

As a visitor to the Mary Rose Museum it would be hard not to notice the Cowdray Engraving that dominates the first gallery that you enter, staff and volunteers talk about it and you can even buy merchandise in our shop featuring its design!   But what’s it all about? Where did it come from… Read more »

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard provides a perfect opportunity to study large portions of history. For many years, the Mary Rose Museum and HMS Warrior 1860 have collaborated on exciting learning opportunities making the most of the similarities and differences between the two ships.   In 2011, HMS Warrior 1860 finished the refurbishment of the ship’s sick… Read more »

Tudor Trivia

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     Tudor Trivia – 30th June 2015 – Minions Amongst Henry VIII’s fleet was a 300 ton carrack called The Minion.   While today the name… Read more »


As part of the Excel Placement Programme at the University of Southampton I worked as a project intern at the Mary Rose Trust for 4 weeks. My main task was to design and carry out an evaluation of the museum shop. Even though my placement was for a short period I was lucky enough to… Read more »


If you visit our neighbour HMS Victory at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, in the Port arena (the one they share with us) is an information board naming all 821 crew who fought at the battle of Trafalgar. People find it fascinating looking up the names, seeing if they have a relative on board (though if it’s… Read more »


When HMS Duncan departed on her maiden mission on 2nd March, she took with her an extra crewmember – Hatch, the ship’s dog from the Mary Rose!   Obviously, this wasn’t the real dog, whose preserved remains are on display in the Mary Rose’s multi-award winning museum in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, but a cuddly replica…. Read more »


The Mary Rose has inspired many works of fiction, this one was written for us by one of our former volunteers. A Story That Should Never Have Happened by Heidi Street.   This is the story of something that should never have happened.   It was a Thursday afternoon, when I was in Portsmouth, under… Read more »

The Mary Rose Trust is situated in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard and Naval Base, a place full of history and associated with many world firsts and notable people. For example in 1495 the first ever dry dock was built and in 1906 Dreadnought was launched, the first steam-turbine powered battleship. Some of the buildings we occupy… Read more »


Those of you with long memories may remember a postcard we used to sell in the museum shop depicting the Mary Rose, the Great Harry and two other, unnamed vessels, with Portsmouth’s Round Tower in the background, with a caption that read “Cowes Week 1545”. While this was obviously a joke (Cowes Week only began… Read more »


The Southampton branch of the Young Archaeologists’ Club visited the Mary Rose Museum this month.   The YAC members and leaders took part in a roundabout of activities.  They compared wet and dry ‘dig’ environments; identified ‘mystery’ objects; investigated materials under the microscope and looked at what human remains can tell us about people in… Read more »