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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

  • The Many Faces of Tudor England – 18 March to 31 December 2019

    Thank you to Ella Baker for sending me this press release on “The Many Faces of Tudor England” exhibition which starts at the Mary Rose Museum on 18th March. It sounds like a wonderful exhibition and well worth going to.

    The Many Faces of Tudor England
    18th March – 31st December 2019
    The Mary Rose Museum, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, Portsmouth, UK.

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  • New parts of the Mary Rose on display for the first time!

    I’ve been sent a press release regarding key parts of the Mary Rose, Henry VIII’s favourite warship, being displayed for the first time since she sank in 1545. They will be on display at the Mary Rose Museum in Portsmouth, just in time for the UK’s half-term.

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  • The Mary Rose Museum and Southsea Castle

    In this week’s Friday video, our roving reporter, Philippa Lacey Brewell, visits Southsea and the Mary Rose Museum, allowing you to enjoy these places from the comfort of your favourite armchair.

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  • 10 August 1512 – The Mary Rose’s first battle

    On this day in history, 10th August 1512, the Battle of Saint-Mathieu took place. It was a naval battle in the War of the League of Cambrai and it was between the English and Franco-Breton fleets off the coast of Brest, in present day Brittany, France. England was allied with Spain and the Holy Roman Empire at this time.

    The Mary Rose, Henry VIII’s famous warship whose wreck was discovered in 1971 and raised in 1982, was chosen as the English fleet’s flagship by Sir Edward Howard, Admiral of the English fleet. It was her first battle. The twenty-five ship English fleet had set out from Portsmouth, on the south coast of England, after hearing news of the twenty-one ship French fleet gathering at Brest, and the two fleets engaged in Berthaume Bay on 10th August 1512.

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  • The Mary Rose needs your vote

    The Mary Rose Trust has just let me know that they have been shortlisted for a number of awards and would really appreciate it ifpeople who have enjoyed visiting the Mary Rose would help by voting for them.

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  • Transcript of our live chat with Philip Roberts

    hanks to those who came into the chatroom on Friday for our live chat session with Philip Roberts. There were lots of questions about the Mary Rose and it was a very productive discussion.

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  • The Mary Rose Quiz

    As this week saw the grand opening of The Mary Rose museum following a six-month closure for work, and this month’s expert talk by Philip Roberts is on The Mary Rose, I thought it was only fitting to test your knowledge of Henry VIII’s flagship. Good Luck!

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  • Philip Roberts will be in the chatroom Friday 29 July

    Philip Roberts will be in the Chatroom this Friday 29 July, 11pm UK time. We can discuss the Mary Rose!

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  • The Mary Rose – Behind the scenes

    As part of this month’s Mary Rose feature, with our guest speaker Philip Roberts (author of “The Mary Rose in a Nutshell), we have this wonderful video showing some behind-the-scenes footage of the ship and its treasure trove of finds.

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  • Expert Talk – The Mary Rose – Philip Roberts

    Expert Talk for July – Philip Roberts talks about the Mary Rose, Henry VIII’s flagship.

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  • The Battle of Saint-Mathieu – 10 August 1512

    On the 10th August 1512, the Battle of Saint-Mathieu, a battle in the War of the League of Cambrai, took place between the English and Franco-Breton fleets off the coast of Brest. England at this time were allied with Spain and the Holy Roman Empire against France.

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