Lots of the 19,000 objects found – in what has been described as a “Tudor time capsule”, beautifully preserved within the thick muddy silt – could be seen on the museum, including cannons, tankards, plates, gold coins, wood, bows and arrows and carpentry tools from a time which still fascinates the general public.
The museum will soon have an added attraction. A 4D “cinema” is being installed in a single gallery, which is aimed toward giving visitors ao an immersive experience of what it was prefer to dive on the wreck. So as to add to the experience there will even be puffs of wind and chairs will move.
“It can make you’re feeling as if you might be diving on the Mary Rose site,” Dr Hildred guarantees.
“The Mary Rose may be very much a story of endeavour and synchronicity. Even now, 40 years after the raising, underwater excavation has not been equalled in scale, nor the recovery in its complexity.”
And there are still plenty of latest chapters to be written before the story is fully told.
300 stays from all corners of the earth
DNA evaluation of skeletal stays present in the wreck of the Mary Rose has enabled experts to create faces of a number of the crew and show where they were from – revealing the Tudor navy as a melting pot of nationalities.
The stays of an Archer Royal found with a longbow and a wristguard bearing the badges of Henry VIII and his first wife Katherine of Aragon indicate he was born in North Africa. Aged in his early 20s with strong legs, considered one of the fingers of his right hand has grooves on the within, which could indicate the repeated pulling of a longbow string.
In an area where cannons were positioned, a person was found with a silver whistle, suggesting he may need been the boatswain. In his wood chest, where crews kept their personal belongings, there have been three pairs of shoes, a knitted hat, a pewter flask and a leather-bound book. He is believed to have come from southern or western England.
On a lower desk next to carpentry tools was found the stays of a person who can have come from Spain. He was strong and muscular but suffered arthritis in his ribs and spine. Nearby were the stays of a person believed to have been the purser as he had newly minted gold coins in a chest. He had deformed hips and pelvis, which meant he may not have been in a position to rise up straight.
The total skeleton of a dog, a cross between a whippet and a terrier, was found and has been named Hatch.
Stays of a person present in the centre of the vessel suggest he can have come from Venice. Aged between 18 and 30, he might have been a gunner as he was found near a gun which was being reloaded. “We’ve as much as 300 stays of people and so they are kept in controlled conditions within the dockyard,” says wreck curator Dr Alexzandra Hildred. “4 of the eight now we have closely examined got here from outside of England. Portsmouth now’s a melting pot, so why should it have been any different then.
Mary Rose: Her Story, Their Story, Our Story by Dr Alexzandra Hildred is accessible via maryrose.org priced £25.
Yet, despite her enduring majesty, the Mary Rose is strangely incomplete with no discernible stern or bow to finish her risen form. What stays of their absence, nevertheless, is the mystery of why she sank. Now the reply to each might be within sight.
Experts imagine locating and retrieving her sunken forecastle – the forward a part of her superstructure – can be as momentous because the wreck’s original discovery.