Spring on board Portsmouth’s Mary Rose!

February 19, 2020

Portsmouth’s Mary Rose is set to embark on an exciting season of events this spring. From Science Week in March to an audience with King Henry VIII this Easter, this varied line-up of activities at Portsmouth’s top attraction (TripAdvisor) will bring visitors ever closer to the story of the renowned Tudor warship.

For the first time ever, on Sunday 8th March the Mary Rose will host a Yoga session. This beginner-intermediate workshop will be taught in one of the museum’s galleries by professional instructor Amanda Gartrell. Not only will participants have an amazing view during the class, they will also breathe the same air as Henry VIII’s favourite ship: the perfect place to relax and reflect. The ticket will include a light breakfast served in the Wardroom and VIP balcony, as well as access to the museum after the session.

In celebration of British Science Weekbetween Friday 13th and Sunday 15th March the Mary Rose will invite visitors to observe the science behind the conservation of the 500-year old ship. In collaboration with Zeiss Microscopy, the museum will offer close-up microscopic analysis of some genuine Tudor artefacts raised along with the ship over 37 years ago. Visitors will learn all about the scientific techniques used to protect the collection – of which there are over 19,000 objects – today.

The Mary Rose is committed to bringing its story to life for as many visitors as possible, and so will hold further Relaxed Openings on the mornings of Sunday 22nd March and Friday 24th April. These events are designed to enhance the museum experience for visitors with visual impairments or other physical and medical conditions, and will be held from 10am-12pm.

Enjoy a brush with the Mary Rose on Sunday 29th March, as the museum hosts a Paint Party. Following a private guided tour of the world-class exhibition and galleries, inspired guests will be paired with an Artistic Instructor from Paint Chill Co. as they prepare to create their very own masterpiece! Participants will create a painting of the decorative tents depicted on the Cowdray Engraving (a contemporary illustration of the Battle of the Solent). The event is open to all painting abilities, and all artists’ materials will be provided – along with tea and coffee.

By popular demand, the Mary Rose’s ground-breaking ‘Many Faces of Tudor England’ exhibition has been extended until Tuesday 31st March. The exhibition illustrates the museum’s most recent scientific and genealogical research into the crew of the ship, and uncovers a true picture of diversity in Tudor England.

The popular Shipwreck Explorers returns for the Easter Holidays between Saturday 4th and Sunday 19th April. This immersive and educational experience invites children to learn all about life on board the Mary Rose through a series of exciting challenges: will they be able to sniff out the rotten medicine, or prepare the correct banquet for the crew? Winners will receive their very own Pop Badge, and you may also get the chance to see King Henry, who will regale visitors with his stories!