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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.

Head of Operations, Paul Griffiths, takes us through his recent visit to Atlanta, attending a rather prestigious conference…   The Museum Store Association supports and promotes the heritage retail business and, although mainly US based, they have members across the world, including the Mary Rose Museum! We joined the MSA in 2014 and since then… Read more »

Portsmouth High School at the Mary Rose Museum

Portsmouth High School & Mary Rose Museum – Partners in Education Portsmouth High School and the Mary Rose Museum, in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, have a long-standing relationship which encompasses teachers, pupils, parents and the Museum Team. This special relationship has been formalised as part of the Mary Rose Partners in Education programme. Portsmouth High School… Read more »

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

The Mary Rose Museum has been involved with Shakespeare Week, a national scheme run by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, since its inception. Despite the fact that Shakespeare himself would never have seen the Mary Rose, as he was born in 1564, nearly 20 years after King Henry VIII’s famous warship sank, the collection gives a… Read more »

Hatch At Crufts

In the first of an occasional series, we’re going back to March 2010, when The Mary Rose’s dog went walkies for the first time in nearly 500 years! Our blogger Simon explains…   Back in 2010, the Mary Rose Museum was still based in an old boathouse near the entrance to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, the… Read more »

Everybody goes to the toilet, even in Tudor times, but what facilities were available on the Mary Rose?   There is little to show what the crew did when they were ‘caught short’, as on vessels of this time the toilets, or heads, were usually located at the very front, or bow of the ship,… Read more »

timelapse-Feb

While many of you enjoyed our look at what has been going on inside the galleries since we closed the main museum at the end of November, there was still the question “What about inside the hotbox, where the ship is?”   Well, we’ve had a timelapse camera installed, and we’re pleased to be able… Read more »

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Since the end of November 2015 the Mary Rose Museum has been closed, with only a mini exhibition and film available to our visitors. During this period, we’ve had nearly 9,000 visitors, and according to our surveys they’ve all gone away satisfied, but even so, they still ask “What’s going on in the museum?”  … Read more »

2015

A Year at the Mary Rose Museum A review of 2015 by our blogger, Simon. All opinions are his, and don’t necessarily reflect those of the Mary Rose Trust. So, another year over, and it’s time for another look over the last twelve months! You’d think after being open eighteen months things would quieten down,… Read more »

The Great History Quiz : The Tudors BBC 2. Christmas Eve, 9pm The Mary Rose Trust has had the unique opportunity to be involved in BBC 2’s The Great History Quiz : The Tudors. Seven artefacts were taken from cases inside the Mary Rose Museum to Elstree Studios where the quiz was recorded back in… Read more »