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Mary Rose - From Seabed to Showcase, the Making of a British Icon

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How did we get Mary Rose from Seabed to Showcase and which latest scientific techniques helped to determine what conservation treatments would preserve the ship and artefacts for future generations?

Discover how sports science and DNA analysis was used to explore and tell the personal stories of the men who perished so tragically on that dramatic day?

Uncovering the Mary Rose’s secrets

Mary Rose is a British icon. The flagship of Henry VIII, she sailed throughout his reign and saw him through five and a half wives before sinking dramatically while fighting off an attempted French invasion of Portsmouth in 1545.

Sunk in the Solent, the wreck and her contents were protected by layers of silt, ensuring that the ship and artefacts have been remarkably well preserved. The wreck of Mary Rose and the artefacts were carefully excavated and raised between 1979–1982 and are now displayed in a purpose-built museum in Portsmouth.

Public connection to Mary Rose has always been strong, as Henry VIII’s favourite ship and because of the quality and volume of her collection. This ranges from weapons to everyday working tools, games and instruments to shoes, rosaries, and even the skeleton of the ship’s dog. These give a unique insight into life at all levels of society in Tudor times.

Helen Bonser-Wilton, Chief Executive of Mary Rose Trust will take you on a fascinating journey through the history of Mary Rose and the dramatic story of her discovery, raising and display. It is a story of human endeavour, passion, tenacity, and determination to achieve a huge vision against the odds.

Join SCI for its Public Evening Lecture series which are free and open to all.

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