Primary Education Visits
Improve students’ motivation and skills across the curriculum with a visit to the Mary Rose Museum in Portsmouth.
Workshops in the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Learning Centre allow students the opportunity for hands-on learning in our classroom or laboratory.
Contact us for details of school programme for academic year 2016-2017.
1 hour expert led workshops
Life on board the Mary Rose
Discover life above and below decks on King Henry VIII’s favourite warship. Handle a wide range of replica artefacts to investigate how differently the officers and crew lived, worked and played at sea. Dressing up for all with our replica Tudor clothing – bring the camera for a brilliant photo opportunity for the whole class!
Materials of the Mary Rose
Tudor materials under the microscope
Work with real and replica artefacts to investigate Tudor materials and their properties. Were they fit for purpose? How do they compare with modern materials? Use digital microscopes to compare sample materials and see them in high definition!
Was the crew of the Mary Rose fit to fight?
Dispel some of those myths about Tudor life. Are we fitter and healthier than our Tudor ancestors? A series of activities looking at diet and fitness challenges pupils to decide. Handle replica artefacts to understand the impact of lifestyle on the officers and crew of the Mary Rose.
Tudor Gun Drill
Battle plans and cannon fire
Two part challenge: (1) What does it take to work as a Tudor Gun Crew? What would it be like on board in the heat of battle? In small teams load and fire our full-size replica gun in the museum.
(2) Think big! Teams plan a strategy to attack or defend Portsmouth Harbour in 1545 with ships and castles using a contemporary map. Can history be changed?
The Navigator’s Apprentice (supported by Trinity House)
Navigation without Sat Nav!
What skills does a Navigator’s Apprentice need? Use Tudor maps and charts to plot a safe course for the Mary Rose into Portsmouth Harbour. Handle replicas of our unique collection to discover how skilled the Tudor navigator was – the answer might be surprising!
Portsmouth’s Tudor Past
Life in a Tudor town: local history and geography
What was it like to live in the home port of the Mary Rose? Look at maps, handle replica artefacts and dress up to build up a picture of life in Portsmouth 500 years ago. How much has the City changed since the time of the Mary Rose?