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Sat. 6 July 2013 an invitation to join Cardiff Archaeological Society on a visit to the Mary Rose Museum. They are fortunate to be one of the first groups to visit the new Mary Rose Museum in Portsmouth. This stunning new £35m Museum, opening this June, takes an ‘inside-out’ approach to display, cradling Henry VIII’s warship hull at the centre of the museum alongside a virtual hull which will show the original artefacts in context. Glass decked galleries run the length of the ship, corresponding to the original deck levels enabling us to view the ship at close range for the first time since 1545. They will also take a boat tour round the adjacent historic dockyards. The cost will be £26.
7 members of the MAA joined Cardiff Archaeological Society’s visit to the Portsmouth Harbour to see the new Mary Rose Museum. The visit was meticulously planned by the CAS’s committee, but the best laid plans have areas beyond your control and that was the bus, which overheated and caused delays. However the committee remained calm – something I could never do – and rearranged times and all went well. The Museum is amazing, but was very crowded and another visit will be needed for me. Did you know that you can travel from Newport by train to Portsmouth Harbour every hour? This would be an ideal way to visit and if you book the day before and have a rail card it is not too expensive. It takes 3 hours and when there you have plenty of other attractions to see. We toured the museum and went on a harbour tour which was well worth doing.
The museum is a modern architectural structure which had to be kept low so as not to dominate the Georgian buildings which surround it. The curves and plank exterior with holes and carpenters’ marks reference Nelson’s Victory which is along-side.
The side of the Mary Rose which survived in the silt lies in a dock and the building was placed around it. The visitor can walk around and view the original remains of the ship via glass windows while on the other side are representations of the lost side of the ship with artefacts that have been excavated. There were also displays which gave a remarkable insight into the lives of the people on board the ship with plenty of interactive displays for children.
It was well worth the visit and we thank CAS for all their efforts in organising the trip and inviting us to join them. We have always had a special relationship with this society and I advise any of you with a particular interest in archaeology to join. For their website see our links page.
Note that Professor Mark Jones (Chief Scientist of Mary Rose Museum) has agreed to talk to CAS on ’ Conserving the Tudor warship Mary Rose’ on 24 October 2013. All welcome.
For link to Mary Rose Museum