The Mary Rose

The Mary Rose 'Dinosaur'

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...
02/06/2016 08:57 BST
Why We're Not Rebuilding the Mary

Why We're Not Rebuilding the Mary Rose

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.
08/04/2016 15:27 BST
Five Tiny Things Recovered from the Mary

Five Tiny Things Recovered from the Mary Rose

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
23/09/2015 16:10 BST
Don't Be Afraid of

Don't Be Afraid of "The Man"!

Despite the reputation of "The Man", museum staff and volunteers aren't actually allowed to 'tell you off', the worst we can do is ask you not to do whatever you did again (and it has to be something bad, like climbing on artefacts or ignoring barriers).
17/08/2015 14:25 BST
Ask a Stupid

Ask a Stupid Question...

A lot of people use the same starting point when they ask our volunteers questions in the museum; "This may be a stupid question, but..." The thing is, 99.999% of the time it isn't. They tend to be pretty obvious questions, such as when the Mary Rose sank (19th July 1545, fact-fans!), or were there any survivors (30-40), but that doesn't make them stupid.
17/06/2015 13:27 BST
Overheard in the

Overheard in the Museum

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.
23/04/2015 17:08 BST
A Man's Best Friend for 470

A Man's Best Friend for 470 years

I've always felt an affinity for the ship's dog. I was the same age when the ship was raised as the dog appears to have been when the ship sank, so there's an almost spiritual connection, but I think it's mostly the palaeontologist in me being drawn towards this unique member of the crew, learning about his life from his remains.
21/10/2014 10:08 BST
What Has Science Got to Do With the Mary

What Has Science Got to Do With the Mary Rose?

Last Saturday was the 32nd Anniversary of the Mary Rose's raising from the Solent seabed, which took place on the 11 October 1982 and was broadcast live across the world. We asked the Mary Rose Museum's Conservation Manager Dr Eleanor Schofield the question - what has science got to do with the Mary Rose?
13/10/2014 15:40 BST
Five Things From the Mary Rose That'll Make You Go

Five Things From the Mary Rose That'll Make You Go 'Oooh'!

As well as the various ship-to-ship weapons, there were pikes, daggers and swords, longbows and handguns for long distance attacks, and rather nasty antipersonnel weapons such as the hailshot piece, a short barrelled gun that was used to blast iron dice at enemy boarders at close range.
01/10/2014 13:31 BST
The Myth Of The Maiden

The Myth Of The Maiden Voyage

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.
29/07/2014 14:44 BST
Who Said There Are So Few Women in

Who Said There Are So Few Women in Science?

Working at the Mary Rose, it seems hard to believe people who say that there aren't enough women in science. We have a healthy number of female scientists here at the museum specialising in all sorts of fields. Conservation, archaeology and teaching are the most popular however; physics still seems to be a subject left to the boys.
17/07/2014 12:23 BST