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Anniversary of the Raising of the Mary Rose

The Mary Rose Museum 6th – 14th October

The hull of the Mary Rose is raised from the Solent on the 11th of October 1982. Image © the Mary Rose Trust.

On the 11th October 1982, the nation gathered around their televisions to watch the raising of Henry

VIII’s favourite ship, The Mary Rose, from the depths of the Solent.

The Mary Rose Museum will be commemorating the anniversary of this historic moment with a host of events across the week of the 6th – 14th October.

All week, a working model of Tog Mor, the lifting crane that raised the Mary Rose’s hull thirty- six years ago will be displayed in the museum. The giant model will be operated by one of the original Mary Rose divers, who will be on hand to talk about their personal experiences.

10th October 

The Raising of the Mary Rose – A Talk by Christopher Dobbs. 

£18, including exclusive evening access to the Mary Rose, a drink on arrival and an hour talk.

Join Christopher Dobbs, Head of Interpretation and Maritime Archaeology for the Mary Rose Trust on the 10th of October for a personal account into the process of excavating and raising the Mary Rose, one of the largest underwater archaeological excavations in history.
A fascinating event for anyone with an interest in British history, maritime archaeology or memory of the event itself, Christopher will give a fully illustrated talk and demonstration of how the Mary Rose was raised by the lifting crane, Tog Mor.

Guests will then have the opportunity to enjoy an exclusive evening tour of the museum with our team of expert guides.


13th October

The Mary Rose Anniversary Lectures

The University of Portsmouth
£42, including lunch and refreshments, and the opportunity to visit the Mary Rose Museum at the end of the day.

This one-day program of lectures is open to everyone and will take place in the Portland Building at the University of Portsmouth. The expert speakers this year include:

  • Dr Sean Cunningham – Head of Medieval Records at The National Archive.
    Lauren MacKay–Tudor historian and author of ‘Among the Wolves of Court: The untold Story of Thomas and George Boleyn’.
  • Dr Jane Malcolm-Davies – ‘The Tudor Tailor’ and historical clothing expert.
  • Dr Dominic Fontana – Historical Geographer with over 35 years of involvement with the Mary Rose Trust.
  • Hayley Simon – PhD student working on the Mary Rose cannonball conservation project.

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