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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 - 24th February 2015 - Bracket Fungus We know the crew of the Mary Rose would pass the time by playing games, but do we also… Read more »

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From the Mary Rose Museum to the British Museum – for one week only! 12-16 January 2015 The Mary Rose Learning department’s Clare Barnes spent a week at the British Museum as part of their Knowledge Exchange programme, learning about what they do…   The Knowledge Exchange programme was an exciting prospect. During my week… Read more »

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A Year at the Mary Rose Museum A look back over 2014 by our blogger, Simon. All opinions are his, and don’t necessarily reflect those of the Mary Rose Trust. LAST TIME… July July was the awards ceremony for the Art Fund Museum of the Year, which we lost out on to Yorkshire Sculpture Park…. Read more »

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A Year at the Mary Rose Museum A review of 2014 by our blogger, Simon. All opinions are his, and don’t necessarily reflect those of the Mary Rose Trust. January. January was a quiet one, not much happening other than our Chief Executive and Head of Conservation receiving a CBE and MBE respectively in the… Read more »

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The (Tudor) Night before Christmas by Sarah Hemming (with apologies to Clement Clarke Moore)     T’was the night before Christmas, as the old poem goes Not a creature was stirring upon the ship, Mary Rose; The rigging was hung from the masts with care, In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there; The… Read more »

Christmas Stocking on the Galley

The Mary Rose saw 33 Christmases during her career as a warship, usually moored either somewhere in the Thames or here in Portsmouth, except during the winter of 1513 when she was part of a small patrolling unit under the command of Sir Weston Browne.   Whilst she was laid up there would be a… Read more »

  Life on board the Mary Rose wasn’t all fighting, working and eating weevily biscuits, there was time for fun too. Among the objects recovered from the Mary Rose were several musical instruments, including a Still Shawm, not heard in centuries, drums, pipes and fiddles, all of which appear to have been tuned to play… Read more »

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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 »