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Studying the 1980s in your school?

Studying the 1980s in your school?

St Peter’s Catholic Primary School in Waterlooville kicked off their 1980s topic with a visit from the Mary Rose team.


The Raising of the Mary Rose, 11th October 1982

On 11 October 1982 all eyes were on Portsmouth as King Henry VIII’s ship was raised from the seabed after 437 years. 60 million people worldwide watched the dramatic moment on television. Historian Dr David Starkey calls the Mary Rose “England’s Pompeii” in recognition of its outstanding historical significance.


Year 4 pupils looked at photographs and newspaper sources from 11 October 1982 – great fun was had with the TV guide and fashion pages! The children also handled a selection of real and replica artefacts from the ship.

An NEC PC-8201A, the Mary Rose Trust’s first laptop computer from 1983!
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Looking for ideas for the new primary history curriculum?

KS1 The Mary Rose raising would be perfect for Portsmouth and Hampshire schools looking at: significant historical events, people and places in their own locality and changes within living memory

KS2 Why not use the Mary Rose as your local history study or aspect or theme in British history that extends pupils’ chronological knowledge beyond 1066?

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