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Lord Lisle’s Plate While we found a number of  pewter plates featuring the initials GC, relating to Admiral George Carew, the commander of the Mary Rose on her final day, we also found some plates with the mark of Viscount Lisle, also known as John Dudley, Duke of Northumberland. We know he wasn’t on the Mary… Read more »

Tabor Pipe This Tabor pipe, found in on the Orlop Deck of the Mary Rose, would have been played alongside the Tabor Drum by the same musician; one hand playing the beat, the other fingering the pipe. This was made possible by the pipe only having three holes, for the middle and index fingers and the thumb,… Read more »

As part of our accessibility program, we will be trialling a “High Light” morning on the morning of Friday, 16th December in the Mary Rose Museum, with invited visually impaired and other groups with disabilities.   Normally the lights are kept low for conservation purposes, but we can put brighter lights on for short periods,… Read more »

Tabor Drum This drum, made of a thin sheet of oak, was found in storage in the hold of the Mary Rose.   Although the drumhead has not survived (the top surface in this picture is part of the leather case it was recovered in), they were probably made of untanned vellum, which does not… Read more »

The Mary Rose Museum App, available from December 13th 2016, is designed to make your visit as enjoyable as possible. As well as information on the history of the Mary Rose, it also features large print versions of the museum text, as well as an Audio Highlights tour.   Rather than being a “Hold Your… Read more »

The Mary Rose is home to a host of amazingly preserved artefacts, many of which feature decorations such as Tudor Roses, Fleur de Lys and lions, but there are one or two more fantastical beasts lurking in our collections…   The most obvious artefacts to feature fantastic beasts are our linstocks, sticks used to light… Read more »

We think it’s a given that the Mary Rose presents some of the most stunning interior vistas in the UK. Now that Henry VIII’s flagship has been re-imagined in all her glory, our visitors get to see the jaw-dropping sight of the mighty hull itself, towering above them, as they walk the exhibition’s three floors…. Read more »

Hello Emily here, the intern with Mary Rose Learning Department. My placement is supported by the University of Winchester from where I have just graduated with a degree in Archaeology.  I have now been with the Mary Rose Museum for 8 weeks out of my 7 month internship- it seems to be going to very… Read more »

OK, we’ll admit it, stealing wedding ideas from the Tudor era may seem a little risky, considering that two thirds of Henry VIII’s wives were either executed or divorced!   But while Henry could never be described as the world’s greatest bridegroom, he did know how to build a magnificent ship (ahem) and he also… Read more »