A unique opportunity to immerse students in the Tudor world
See thousands of real artefacts all dating from 1545 during your museum visit, including some not found anywhere else in the world. Dr David Starkey calls it “England’s Pompeii” – one moment in time preserved for ever. Includes:
• a conflicting evidence case study
• a short talk on the intriguing evidence of religious practice from the Mary Rose
• real and replica artefact handling with opportunities to dress up
• careers in heritage/museums (by arrangement)
Real chemistry and biology at work
How is science saving the Mary Rose for future generations? Use microscopes to examine wood cell structure and investigate the changes caused by 437 years under the sea. Handle real samples of Mary Rose wood and discover polyethylene glycol, the amazing designer polymer, which has given the ship back her strength.
Life in a Tudor town: Local history and geography
What was it like to live in the home port of the Mary Rose? Look at maps, handle replica artefacts and dress up to build up a picture of life in Portsmouth 500 years ago. How much do you think that the City has changed since the time of the Mary Rose?
Alternative version: Hampshire’s Tudor Past
Practical maths in a Tudor Context
Help the crew of the Mary Rose solve their problems! Encourage fluency in maths by using practical skills in a fun Tudor context. Activities, appropriate to year groups, involve weighing and measuring; simple number problems; shape and space.
One (1 hour) workshop: £75 (for class of up to 32)
King Henry VIII and the Mary Rose
Discover what life was like on board the Mary Rose with a costumed character and then explore the Museum with Hatch the Dog! Designed with younger primary pupils in mind, this session mixes replica artefact handling and dressing up with story-telling.
One (1 hour) workshop: £75 (for class of up to 32)
Pivotal moments in history
Use one of the Mary Rose cannons (featured in the British Museum’s 100 Objects for Teaching History) as a starting point for this evidence based enquiry. Handle replicas to investigate what the Mary Rose collection tells us about the tumultuous reign King Henry VIII. Explore evidence of change and continuity in church, state and society, 1509 – 1545.
Multi-award winning Mary Rose Museum
Meet the Museum Management Team and put key areas of business in context. Topics offered include: operational issues; customer service; marketing; organisation; running events and managing change (by arrangement).
• Introductory Talk: Running a Museum Business
• Structured museum visit investigating key areas of interest
• Workshop session including practical activities
Two ships, two sites, 300 years
Combine the Mary Rose Museum with a visit on-board HMS Warrior 1860. Compare life across 300 years with activities at both venues. Use costume, artefact handling and role play to discover social life for different classes in Tudor and Victorian times. How much has changed and how much has remained the same?
In conjunction with HMS Warrior
Work out the degree of change in surgery from Paré to Lister in this two-centre active study day, focusing on the role of war and individuals.
Put the Medical Renaissance in context at the Mary Rose Museum:
• See the unique collection of Tudor medical equipment
• Assess the extent of knowledge and skill of the surgeon of the Mary Rose
• Investigate the evidence of illnesses and injuries from the human remains found on the ship
• Role-play scenarios using replica artefacts and costumes. Marks awarded for historical accuracy!
World-class archaeology in action
Alongside a museum visit, receive a rare opportunity to find out about the archaeology and conservation of the Mary Rose. Includes:
• Discovering how have we become a world leader in conservation science for waterlogged artefacts
• Real and replica artefact handling
• Careers after an archaeology degree – meet the experts!
Alternative version: Combined History and Archaeology A-Level Experience Day
Supported by Trinity House
An enduring mystery for history and science
Why did the Mary Rose really sink? Explore this continuing mystery in a two part cross-curricular workshop. Was she sunk by French gunfire? Was the ship unstable or overloaded? Were there other factors? Scrutinise the provenance of key sources and weigh the conflicting historical evidence. Test predictions relating to stability and load-bearing capacity of models. Use the scientific evidence to support or refute the theories.
Renaissance medicine in action - History
Just how bad was Tudor medicine? How effective was the Mary Rose surgeon? Use costumes and replica artefacts as props, role-play the surgeon and his patients in scenarios based on the Mary Rose crew. Medical practice must be strictly Tudor!
Contribute to the ongoing debate
Why did the Mary Rose sink and why is she so significant? Use historical skills to engage with a genuine debate comparing conflicting primary sources on the sinking of the ship before voting for the most likely theory. How many mystery replica artefacts can you identify? What does this amazing collection reveal about Tudor life?
Tudor materials under the microscope
Work with real and replica artefacts to investigate Tudor materials and their properties. Were they fit for purpose? How do they compare with modern materials? Use digital microscopes to compare sample materials and see them in high definition!
Navigation without Sat Nav!
Do you have the skills to become the Navigator’s new apprentice? Use Tudor maps and charts to plot a safe course for the Mary Rose into Portsmouth Harbour. Handle replicas of our unique collection to discover how knowledgeable the Tudor navigator was – you might be surprised!
Were the Mary Rose crew fit to fight?
Dispel some of those myths about Tudor life. Are we fitter and healthier than our Tudor ancestors? A series of activities looking at diet and fitness challenges you to decide for yourself. Handle replica artefacts to understand the impact of lifestyle on the men of the Mary Rose.
Battle plans and cannon fire
Two part challenge: (1) Have you got what it takes to work as a Tudor Gun Crew? What would it be like on board in the heat of battle? In small teams load and fire our full-size replica gun in the museum.
(2) Think big! In teams, plan a strategy to attack or defend Portsmouth Harbour in 1545 with ships, castles and soldiers using a contemporary map. Can you change history?
Life on board the Mary Rose
Discover life above and below decks on King Henry VIII’s favourite warship. Handle a wide range of replica artefacts to investigate how differently the officers and crew lived, worked and played at sea. Dressing up for all with our replica Tudor clothing – bring the camera for a brilliant whole class photo opportunity!