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Education takes centre stage at the Mary Rose

Education takes centre stage at the Mary Rose after major awards win and 10,000th pupil pays a visit.


Children from Harrison Primary School in Fareham outside the Stavros Niarchos Learning Centre at the Mary Rose Museum, Portsmouth

The Mary Rose Museum is celebrating two huge achievements in Education.


Yesterday the museum was proud to welcome its 10,000th pupil. Since the museum opened on the 31st May 2013, the learning department has welcomed nearly 170 schools and colleges. They’ve all made the journey to take part in classes and workshops; learning all about the ship, her conservation and the significant part she played in Tudor history.


A class from Harrison Primary School in Fareham included the 10,000th student to attend the museum and enjoy the unique insight into Tudor life the learning team has to offer.


Mary Kinoulty, Head of Learning said, “We are delighted with the success of our new learning programme. Schools have come from all over the country to visit us and take part in workshops in the Stavros Niarchos Learning Centre.

Since opening at the end of May this year, 10 000 pupils have enjoyed sessions in the classroom, science laboratory or the Tudor gun drill in the museum.  It was a great pleasure to welcome Harrison Primary School, Fareham; they took the tally over this landmark point.  We look forward to welcoming many more schools and colleges throughout 2014 and beyond.”


Children from Harrison Primary School in Fareham

Children from Harrison Primary School in Fareham examine replica artefacts, learning about life on board the Mary Rose.

For school pupils, the Mary Rose Museum is unlike any other museum experience. Students are given the chance to immerse themselves in the environment of a Tudor warship. They also learn about how history can be preserved and conserved for the future. Many of the Tudor objects on display are completely unique, and students are given the chance to handle and interact with a number of exhibits.

The learning department offers educational visits for pupils from Primary to A-Level and beyond with cross-curricular sessions. Subjects covered in detail include History and Science, but lessons also delve into technology, engineering and mathematics, all designed to enable pupils to benefit from the multi-purpose classroom and state-of-the-art science laboratory.


And, the fantastic news kept on coming;


Paul Griffiths, Mary Kinoulty and Amy Seadon with the British Youth Travel Awards Silver Award for Best Educational Product

The Museum has also been awarded the Silver award for Best Education Product at the British Educational Travel Association (BETA) British Youth Travel Awards.

The awards, held at Westfield in London, recognise the best organisations engaged in youth, student and educational travel the country has to offer. The award is additionally special, as The Mary Rose was the highest placed visitor attraction of the night.


Paul Griffiths, Head of Operations said, “It’s been such a fantastic week for all of us at the museum. Just a few days after we were awarded the British Youth Travel Silver Award for Best Education Product we welcome our 10,000th student to our state-of-the-art learning centre. Both of these accomplishments demonstrate the huge success of our education programme and the impact we’re having in the industry. I’m incredibly proud of our team here.”


If you’d like to find out more about our educational visits, workshops or making a group booking, please contact:

023 9283 9766 (select option 3) or email groups@historicdockyard.co.uk

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