Mary Rose museum to open

A new £27 million museum is to open tomorrow which will bring together the wreck of the Mary Rose with thousands of its artefacts for the first time since they were lifted from the seabed more than 30 years ago.

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Service remembers Mary Rose victims

by Ben Chapman - ITV News reporter

A wreath has been laid at the spot where the Tudor warship, the Mary Rose, sank nearly 500 years ago.

380 soldiers and crew lost their lives as the ship sank in front of Henry VIII, fighting the French in the Battle of the Solent in 1545.

The Last Post is played during the service Credit: ITV News/Ben Chapman

The wreck was raised in 1982 and will go on display in a new museum in Portsmouth, to be unveiled later today.

In a ceremony at the wreck site, The Last Post was played to commemorate the loss of life. It forms part of a day of events to mark the opening of the new museum.

A wreath has been laid at the spot where the Mary Rose sank in 1545 Credit: ITV News/Ben Chapman

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Bones on Mary Rose could help identify living relatives

Scientists are using human bones found on the wreck of the Mary Rose to work out who was on board nearly 500 years ago, and perhaps even to identify their living descendants.

Almost 100 complete or nearly-complete skeletons were found amidst the wreck. By analysing the bones and belongings, it was possible to identify crew members' hair and eye colour, height and clues about their role.

Look familiar? Scientists are hoping to identify some of their living descendants
Look familiar? Scientists are hoping to identify some of their living descendants Credit: Oscar Nilsson Facial/PA Wire

The people represented by an artist above were identified as (clockwise from top left) a bosun, carpenter, cook, master gunner, stranger gentleman, royal archer, purser and ologies archer.

The genetic information extracted could also enable scientists to find living relatives, although one expert likened the task to "searching for one blade of grass in a field" since there are no records of crew members.

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Museum 'designed by the curvature of the ship'

Chief executive of the Mary Rose Trust, John Lippiett said the layout of the new Mary Rose Museum was designed in the shape of a ship, with many artefacts laid out in a mirror image allowing visitors to experience how it would have felt to be onboard.

The whole of the museum is designed by the curvature of the ship.

The concept is to put the objects back into the ship.

We have built the mirror image half of the ship.

This is a state-of-the-art museum which is at a very top level of any museum I know.

– John Lippiett, Chief executive of the Mary Rose Trust

Celebratory launch day ahead of Mary Rose opening

More than 60 million people watched as the hull section of the Mary Rose gunship was lifted to the surface on October 11 1982.

Tomorrow for the first time the wreck will be brought together with thousands of its artefacts, which until recently had been housed separately, in a new museum.

General view of the Mary Rose Museum which officially opens tomorrow Credit: Chris Ison/PA Wire

The museum includes a wide range of items from 500-year-old nits to longbows and the favourite of visitors, the skeleton of the ship's dog Hatch.

The Mary Rose Museum, Hampshire Credit: Chris Ison/PA Wire

The Mary Rose Museum is based at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, the same place where the ship was built in 1510.

A celebratory launch day, including a gun salute and a water cannon display, will be held today before the museum officially opens to the public tomorrow.

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Mary Rose reunited with artefacts at new museum

A new £27 million museum will open tomorrow, bringing together the wreck of the Mary Rose gunship with thousands of its artefacts for the first time since they were taken from the seabed more than 30 years ago.

Mary Rose museum to open tomorrow Credit: Chris Ison/PA Wire

Designed by Wilkinson Eyre architects, the "jewellery box" centre has been described as creating a snapshot of Tudor life every bit as vivid as Pompeii summons up Roman times.

Undiscovered on the seabed of the Solent for centuries, the ship sank off Portsmouth, Hampshire, in full view of Henry VIII during battle with the French on July 19 1545.

Its exposed timbers were seen by divers in 1971, which led to extensive excavations, supported by Prince Charles.