Henry Viii

The Mary Rose Revealed - One Year On   

Simon M. Clabby | Posted 20.07.2017 | UK
Simon M. Clabby

It's remarkable to think that it has been a year since the Mary Rose Museum reopened. We (rightly) made a big fuss when we opened the new museum back ...

The Many Stories Of The Mary Rose

Simon M. Clabby | Posted 30.06.2017 | UK
Simon M. Clabby

Stories are everything these days. The proliferation of social media has allowed everybody to share their lives, telling stories from trivial things l...

Jeremy Corbyn Says Theresa May Is Acting Like Henry VIII

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 29.12.2016 | UK

Jeremy Corbyn has accused Theresa May of being like Henry VIII by refusing to promise Parliament a vote on the final Brexit deal. The Labour leader ...

Skeleton Crew Of Tudor Warship The Mary Rose Come Alive In 3D

The Huffington Post | Sara C Nelson | Posted 05.09.2016 | UK

Skulls, rigging and tools from the shipwreck of the Mary Rose are just some of the historical artefacts being shown online as 3D reconstructions for t...

‘Ghost’ Of Monk Put To Death By Henry VIII Pictured At 16th Century Abbey

The Huffington Post | Sara C Nelson | Posted 30.08.2016 | UK

A ghostly figure has been pictured among the ruins of a 16th century abbey. Lara Tetlow was attending the Glastonbury Abbey Musical Extravaganza earli...

The Mary Rose 'Dinosaur'

Simon M. Clabby | Posted 01.06.2017 | UK
Simon M. Clabby

Recently I asked our museum volunteers to tell us some of their stories about visitors and the collection, with the intention of collecting them for a follow-up to this blog from last year. This particular one stood out...

Why We're Not Rebuilding the Mary Rose

Simon M. Clabby | Posted 09.04.2017 | UK
Simon M. Clabby

We value authenticity in the museum, and it's always nice, when visitors ask, "That's not real, is it?" to be able to say "Oh yes, everything is real". The Mary Rose may only be 40% of a ship, but she's 100% genuine.

Five Tiny Things Recovered from the Mary Rose

Simon M. Clabby | Posted 22.09.2016 | UK
Simon M. Clabby

A lot of people would have you believe that bigger is best, and while it's true that the Mary Rose is the biggest (and best!) archaeological artefact in the UK, her artefacts come in all sizes

The Loss of the Mary Rose's Crew

Simon M. Clabby | Posted 20.07.2016 | UK
Simon M. Clabby

When the Mary Rose sank in July 1545, 470 years ago this month, she took with her over 500 men, ranging from the yonkers and gromets who did the odd j...

Sex, Mischief & Witches: The Dark Side Of A Medieval Oxford Nunnery

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 28.05.2015 | UK

Archaeologists excavating a medieval Benedictine nunnery in Oxford have shed light on the darker side of convent life. The excavation of the Littl...

Overheard in the Museum

Simon M. Clabby | Posted 21.06.2015 | UK Comedy
Simon M. Clabby

The Mary Rose, also known as the Marie Rose, the Rose Marie and HMS Warrior, was built by King Arthur (also known as King Henry) in the 15th Century.

Top Five Tudors

Stuart Laws | Posted 10.05.2015 | UK Comedy
Stuart Laws

After spending six weeks watching Mark Rylance do the best "I'm glum but determined and actually a lot smarter than you imagine" face, whilst also never fully closing his eyes, I now feel totally qualified to pass comment on all things Tudor.

King Henry VIII Owned World's First Gardening Manual

PA | Posted 23.01.2015 | UK

He is known as one of history's most ruthless rulers but an item from his library poses the question of whether Henry VIII enjoyed a spot of gardening...

Kim Jong Un Might Be Suffering The Same Problem As Henry VIII

The Huffington Post UK/AP | Posted 27.09.2014 | UK

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is suffering from "discomfort", the country's state media has said, confirming long-held rumours that it is illness th...

The Myth Of The Maiden Voyage

Simon M. Clabby | Posted 28.09.2014 | UK
Simon M. Clabby

While it does make a much more exciting and interesting story, which is why it's managed to survive over 30 years, it is complete nonsense. But we're slowly getting the truth out there.

'Ghost' Of Scottish Soldier Photographed At French World War I Grave (PICTURE)

Huffington Post UK | Posted 28.07.2014 | UK

A teenage boy has snapped what he believes to be the ghostly figure of a soldier during a school visit to war graves in France. Mitch Glover snapp...

From a Nobody to a Somebody - Bringing the Crew of the Mary Rose to Life

Simon M. Clabby | Posted 20.07.2014 | UK
Simon M. Clabby

The Mary Rose Museum stands as a memorial to these men, but rather than concentrating on how they died, it tells a far more important story, that of how they lived and worked, allowing us to appreciate them as the people they were almost 500 years ago.

The Man Who Wrote Henry VIII's Court

Amy Licence | Posted 17.06.2014 | UK Entertainment
Amy Licence

Now, historian Lauren Mackay has looked afresh at Chapuys' letters, returning to his actual words, to decipher exactly what he did have to say. And what he didn't. What emerges in this new book about the Tudor court is a complex diplomatic picture of a lively and clever man who defies the stereotypes perpetuated in some history books to shine as he takes centre stage.

Henry VIII and the Lobbying Bill

Allan Hogarth | Posted 24.03.2014 | UK Politics
Allan Hogarth

The Henry VIII Clause? Surely the government would not resort to an outdated archaic process that could undermine the democracy of our legislature - Parliament? Well, it appears they could. Henry VIII clauses give the government significant power to change what Parliament has enacted.

PICTURES: A Nocturnal Appearance By Britain's First Wild Beaver In 500 Years

Huffington Post UK/ SWNS | Sara C Nelson | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK

Breaking cover under a cloak of darkness, what is believed to be Britain’s first wild beaver for half a century has been caught on camera for a seco...

An Anne Boleyn for a Post-Modern Generation

Amy Licence | Posted 17.03.2014 | UK Entertainment
Amy Licence

By her own confession, philosopher Susan Bordo is obsessed with Anne Boleyn. The very cover of her new book alerts the reader to the fact they are about to experience something more than straightforward history.

Walking in Anne Boleyn's Footsteps

Amy Licence | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Amy Licence

It is hard to find anything new on Anne these days, however In the Footsteps of Anne Boleyn fills a definite gap in the market.

Henry VIII Was A 'Serial Monogamist'

PA | Posted 30.07.2013 | UK

Too much attention is given to Henry VIII's sex life, according to TV historian Dr Lucy Worsley. The chief curator at Historic Royal Palaces is to ...

PICTURED: The Faces Of The Crew Who Drowned On Henry VIII's Mary Rose

Huffington Post UK/ PA | Sara C Nelson | Posted 30.05.2013 | UK

Forensic scientists have revealed the faces of eight of the crew on board Henry VIII's The Mary Rose when it sank off Portsmouth during battle with th...

King Richard III Buried In 'Hasty And Untidy' Grave

PA | Posted 24.05.2013 | UK

The remains of King Richard III, which were discovered under a city car park, were found in a hastily dug, untidy grave, researchers have revealed. ...