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Mary Rose Trust to set up Margaret Rule Memorial Fund

Margaret RuleResolute, professional, full of drive and determination, Margaret Rule was fundamental to the success of the Mary Rose Project. Fulfilling the mission against the odds, she oversaw what is recognised to be the world’s largest maritime excavation. She was the figurehead for the Mary Rose Trust in those vital early stages of the project and successfully managed to get the crucial support and funding. To remember Margaret and carry forward her legacy, the Mary Rose Trust has decided to establish the Margaret Rule Memorial Fund.


The Fund will honour the memory of Margaret and her outstanding contribution to The Mary Rose and maritime archaeology. It will fund a bronze bust of Margaret which is being created by sculptor Luke Shepherd, who designed and created the Alexander McKee bust. This will be displayed in the Margaret Rule gallery in our museum.


The Trust also wishes to create an annual internship in maritime archaeology and conservation. This will give a young graduate the opportunity to work alongside the Mary Rose team in the fields of archaeology and conservation. We believe the internship to be a fitting tribute to Margaret, and a way of ensuring her legacy inspires future generations. Further information on this will be made available nearer the time.


If you wish to donate to the Margaret Rule Memorial Fund, download this form and send it to:

Sally Tyrrell

Head of Development

The Mary Rose Trust

College Road

HM Naval Base





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