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MARY ROSE 500TH BIRTHDAY EXHIBITION

Monday May 4th, 2009
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To celebrate the 500th anniversary of Henry VIII’s flagship the Mary Rose the Whitgift School in Croydon has organised a fascinating exhibition of ‘hidden treasures’ found on the ship when she was raised in 1882. The selection of treasures on display is mostly different from those on permanent display at the Mary Rose Museum, Portsmouth, which currently shows only 6% of the full collection that was retrieved.

Exhibits include classic brass dividers, a gimballed compass, some massive heaving leads, carpenter’s tools, clothes and the contents of the barber-surgeon’s chest. There are also personal effects including a nit comb, dice, a beautiful rosary and a pocket sundial. The highlight of the exhibition has to be the skeleton of the ships dog and the forensic reconstructions of crew-members based of recovered skulls.

The exhibition runs until August 7th. For more details go to www.MaryRoseHiddenTreasures.org
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