Recently I watched the full, original BBC2 broadcast of the raising of the Mary Rose in 1982. I watched it alongside two
The latest addition to the Royal Navy, HMS Queen Elizabeth, a 280 metre long aircraft carrier with 700 crew, arrived in Portsmouth
Henry VIII’s vessel sank off Portsmouth during battle with the French in 1545
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).
When the Mary Rose sank in July 1545, 470 years ago this month, she took with her over 500 men, ranging from the yonkers
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.
We often think of men looking after themselves to be a fairly recent thing, the 'metrosexual' male with his 'guyliner', 'mansturiser
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.
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.
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?