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With the School Holidays in full flow, you’ll be wanting something to entertain the kids over the next six weeks, so why not start with our cut-out-and-make Henry VIII!   Henry has paper-spring legs, meaning he can sit on desks and shelves, looking out across his kingdom, as well as on flat surfaces. Make sure… Read more »

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 »

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 Minions Amongst Henry VIII’s fleet was a 300 ton carrack called The Minion.   While today the name is more commonly associated with the little yellow creatures from the “Despicable… 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 »

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 Personalised Linstocks The large guns of the Mary Rose were lit using a linstock, a pole which gave a Master Gunner the ability to fire his gun from a… 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 »

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 Board Games on the Mary Rose While the Backgammon set recovered from the Carpenter’s cabin is probably the most well known of the boardgames recovered from the… Read more »