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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.

The Mary Rose Trust is proud to announce that after significant changes and a six month closure The Mary Rose Museum, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard will reopen to the public on the 20th July 2016. This stage of development has cost approximately £5.4 million to complete.   For the first time in 23 years visitors will breathe the same… Read more »

Learning at Hampton Court

As we’ve mentioned in a previous blog, we at the Mary Rose Museum are very keen on staff development, with training sessions taking place throughout the quiet winter months. Much as schools come to us to learn things they couldn’t do inside the classroom, we decided that we needed to go on ‘school trips’ of… Read more »

Henry VIII duck and Anne Boleyn duck with Mini Henry duck

The Mary Rose will be fully revealed in two weeks time, and to celebrate we want you to show us your Tudor Roses!   The Tudor Rose, formed from the Roses of York and Lancaster by Henry VIII’s father, Henry VII, is an enduring emblem of one of England’s most famous dynasties, and it appeared… Read more »

The bell of HMS Hood

You may remember last year we worked with Micropasts to produce a 3D model of the Mary Rose’s bell. This year, we’re working with them and the null to produce models of the bell of HMS Hood, which was conserved by Mary Rose Archaeological Services.   Chiara Bonnachi of Micropasts and Alastair Miles of the… Read more »

The Rubber Duck has undergone a bit of a revolution in the last decade or so. Once shunned as being a bit tacky, that tackiness has been embraced, and thanks to companies like Yarto there are now hundreds of designer ducks, based on everything from the Union flag to Big Ben!   We naturally wanted… Read more »

Museum to Open 20th July 2016

  After six months of work, and weeks of testing all of the environmental systems, we’re proud to announce that the Mary Rose Museum will be reopening on 20th July 2016.   Find out more    Share on Tumblr

The Mary Rose, from the Anthony Roll
Image courtesy of the Magdalene College Library, Cambridge

While  documentation exists to show that the Mary Rose was originally ordered in January 1510, she appears not to have had a name at the time.   Indeed, it wouldn’t be until 18 months later that we get the first mention of the Mary Rose by name, in a somewhat rambling letter from Robert Brigandine,… Read more »

The Mary Rose Museum is reopening its doors later this summer, but in May the crew will be taking over Southsea Castle for a bank holiday weekend of fun and frolics!   Southsea Castle was built in 1544, the year before the Mary Rose sank, and indeed was the place from which King Henry VIII… Read more »

Parrel ball

Artefacts from the Mary Rose have gone on tour all over the world. There have been exhibitions as far afield as the US and Australia, but none of the Mary Rose’s artefacts have travelled as far as parrel ball MR81A594, which in 2011 left Earth altogether!   At a gala dinner for the 2010 space-themed… Read more »