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Easter at the Mary Rose Museum: 6-22 April 2019

Thank you to Ella Baker for sending me this information on Easter events at the Mary Rose Museum...

Befriend the Tudor crew and Royalty at the Mary Rose
Dates: 6 – 22nd April 2019
Place: The Mary Rose Museum, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

Following the revelations about the racial and cultural diversity of the crew of the Mary Rose seen on Channel Four’s documentary Skeletons of the Mary Rose: The New Evidence, the Mary Rose Museum has planned an Easter jam-packed with events to celebrate.

King Henry VIII himself will be gracing his favourite warship with his presence at various points in the holidays, bestowing guests with royal blessings or condemning them to death, depending on his will and whim. Visitors can join Henry VIII for a Royal Audience and listen to his first-hand account of the dramatic sinking of the Mary Rose.

There has also been rumour that the King’s sixth and last long-suffering wife, Katherine Parr, will pay a visit (perhaps for some respite from caring for her ailing and gouty husband). Sir Charles Brandon will also be stopping by to admire his brother-in-law’s ship.

The royals and visitors will also have a chance to admire The Many Faces of Tudor Britain, an exhibition that explores the latest scientific and genealogical findings into the crew of the Mary Rose, open until 31 December 2019.

Children can pick up one of the museum’s complimentary activity sheets and find out who the men of the Mary Rose were and what they did on-board the ship.

Dates and times of Henry VIII story telling:
(Performances at 1pm, 2.30pm and 3.30pm)

  • Saturday 6th – Tuesday 9th April
  • Thursday 11th – Monday 15th April
  • Thursday 18th – Monday 22nd April

Dates of Katherine Parr and Charles Brandon:

  • Wednesday 10th April
  • Tuesday 16th April
  • Wednesday 17th April

Tickets for The Mary Rose can be purchased from, or from The Mary Rose Visitor Centre or museum reception.

Opening Hours:

November – March – 10am-5pm (last entry 4:15pm)
April – October – 10am – 5:30pm (last entry 4:45pm)
24-26th December – Closed

There are 3 comments Go To Comment

  1. M

    Can you tell me if Henry Cavill will be playing Charles Brandon? (I’m sorry i couldn’t resist. But the chance to see him in person…sigh…) Anyway, this looks like a wonderful day! I wish I wasn’t half a world away, that’s for sure. Michelle t

  2. R

    Hi Michelle, I would be waiting to whisk him away. Claire, what is Henry intending to do with that cannonball? He looks as if he is making a rude gesture lol. Thanks for the information.


    1. C - Post Author

      Ha! I thought the same, he looks very rude!

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Easter at the Mary Rose Museum: 6-22 April 2019