Visit to The Mary Rose, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

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We are privileged to have this fantastic opportunity both to see and to learn more about The Mary Rose before the building of a new museum later this year which will result in the ship’s closure to the public until 2012. The Mary Rose is the only 16th century warship on display anywhere in the world. It was built 1509-1511 and it was one of the first ships with gunports below the main deck leading to the development of the broadside which was key to naval warfare until 1918. The ship was a firm favourite of King Henry VIII and escorted him to the meeting with King Francois I of France in 1520 at the Field of the Cloth of Gold. After a long and successful career, she sank accidentally during an engagement with the French fleet in 1541. Her rediscovery and 1982 raising were seminal events in the history of nautical archaeology.

At The Mary Rose Museum, your hosts will be Rear Admiral John Lippiatt, the Chief Executive of The Mary Rose Trust and Sue Judge, the Museum Services Manager. John Lippiatt will give a talk about the ship and the on-going work of the Trust in securing its future.

A buffet lunch will be served in the Princess Royal Gallery at the Royal Naval Museum in the Dockyard, overlooking HMS Victory.  

The afternoon will consist of guided tours of the museum, the ship hall and the Reserve Collection and will offer an extremely rare opportunity to see 'behind the scenes' and to meet conservators.

Venue details

The Mary Rose
Portsmouth Historic Dockyard Victory Gate HM Naval Base Portsmouth Gloucestershire PO1 3LJ