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A TUDOR TIME CAPSULE
Visitors can view the iconic Tudor ship, through panoramic glass balconies and air locks in the Mary Rose Museum in the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.
Built in 1510 under Henry VIII and after 34 years of service, the magnificent ship went to sea in the third French War and on July 19th 1545 was sunk just two km from the entrance to Portsmouth Harbour. Was it human error, the wind, overloading or the French? The theories are a many. Positioned at Southsea Castle Henry VIII watched his favourite warship turn and sink, taking all but 34 of its crew down with her.
The wreck of the ship was at last discovered in 1971
– excavation soon began and in 1982, she was lifted from the seabed of the Solent in front of 60m people worldwide.
Dr Eleanor Schofield, head of conservation, said: “It’s a momentous moment as the curtain drops for the first
Forty acres of New Forest Oak, 471st-year anniversary, 500 sailors and soldiers, and a £39m investment – that is the Mary Rose, for the first time unveiled to the public
time and allows the world to view the Mary Rose virtually as she was seen by Henry VIII on that day nearly 500 years ago. But our work doesn’t end here – we need to keep a close eye on the Mary Rose to ensure that she remains stable through temperature, humidity and light management and is available to view for many years to come.”
Over 19,000 artefacts have been retrieved (including 6,600 arrow bits) thanks to nearly 28,000 dives and over 22,000 hours of marine archaeological excavation.
Visit the Mary Rose Museum in Portsmouth and actually digest history, in this incredible snapshot from nearly five centuries ago.
www.maryrose.org 023 9281 2931
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