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There’s always plenty going on at the Mary Rose and Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. From new findings in archaeological research, to visitor events, there’s plenty to keep you interested. You can find all our latest news right here.

‘Ringing the Changes’: Mary Rose Museum to re-open in 2016 with unrestricted views of the ship   This November the Mary Rose will embark upon the next stage in her long and remarkable history.   This exciting chapter of the Mary Rose Museum will see an extraordinary transformation in visitor experience. The walls that currently… Read more »

The British Ambassador to Sweden with the Management teams of the Vasa Museum and the Mary Rose

During the Mary Rose trip to Sweden, the team got to meet a VIP! Here’s Diane Budden with the full story… On the 12th of November 2015 the Mary Rose team were delighted to be joined by Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Sweden, Mr David Cairns and his wife Sharon, at the Vasa Museum, Stockholm for… Read more »

Over the weekend we sent two of our volunteers, Tony Green and Barry Reah, to London to represent us at the Lord Mayor’s Show. Here is their story, in their own words; “Saturday 14th November saw a very early start. Because of railway engineering works, we set off at 7.30 for Guildford, parked the car… Read more »

Congratulations to the Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) volunteer team at the Mary Rose Museum for winning the South East Marsh Volunteer Award last night. This is the seventh year The British Museum and the Marsh Christian Trust have been working in partnership for the ‘Volunteers for Museum Learning’ award. The awards recognises the… Read more »

The Raising of the Mary Rose, 11th October 1982

This year marks 50 years since Alexander Mckee and  Project Solent Ships began the search for the Mary Rose , and to celebrate  we’ll be holding our Anniversary Lectures on 10th October 2015, the day before the anniversary of the Mary Rose’s raising in 1982.   UPDATE: Booking is now closed for this event, you… Read more »

Resolute, 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… Read more »


During the IPLiMS seminar, we premièred this video diary produced by Paul Griffiths, James Rodliff and Darren Hussey.   Recorded on an iPhone during their visit to the Vasa Museum as part of a Peer review visit, it’s a bit rough around the edges and the sound quality isn’t great (a Transcript is available), but it tells… Read more »

  The Mary Rose Museum welcomed our 1 millionth visitor today following our opening just over two years ago.   The 1 millionth visitors, Peter and Cathy White, were presented with a Mary Rose decanter by Rear Admiral John Lippiett, Chief Executive of the Mary Rose Trust, and given a special tour of the museum… Read more »

Cod bones on display in the Mary Rose Museum

New stable isotope and ancient DNA analysis of the bones of stored cod provisions recovered from the wreck of the Tudor warship Mary Rose, which sank off the coast of southern England in 1545, has revealed that the fish in the ship’s stores had been caught in surprisingly distant waters: the northern North Sea and… Read more »

The Mary Rose Trust is delighted to announce the appointment of a new Chief Executive, Helen Bonser-Wilton. Helen will take over the post from Rear Admiral John Lippiett who retires this September after twelve and a half years in the position.   Helen previously worked at the National Trust, latterly as Operations Director of the… Read more »