New Mary Rose museum opens in Portsmouth

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A new museum housing the hull of Henry VIII’s flagship, the Mary Rose, has opened in Portsmouth. As well as some of the thousands of artefacts that were found with the remains of the vessel, the centre also explores the lives of the hundreds of men who died when it sank in 1545.

Chris Dobbs, head of interpretation at the new museum, said: “For a lot of us, it was our dream 30 years ago to have the Mary Rose with the conservation finished and in a museum where it could be displayed forever. It is not just about guns and warships, it’s about people and that’s why it is so powerful. People might come expecting guns and admirals but they get the carpenter, the surgeon and the cook, too.”

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Image credits: © The George Lowe Collection (Everest); Royal Mail (coronation stamp)