Battle plans and cannon fire
Two part challenge: (1) Have you got what it takes to work as a Tudor Gun Crew? What would it be like on board in the heat of battle? In small teams load and fire our full-size replica gun in the museum.
(2) Think big! In teams, plan a strategy to attack or defend Portsmouth Harbour in 1545 with ships, castles and soldiers using a contemporary map. Can you change history?
Life on board the Mary Rose
Discover life above and below decks on King Henry VIII’s favourite warship. Handle a wide range of replica artefacts to investigate how differently the officers and crew lived, worked and played at sea. Dressing up for all with our replica Tudor clothing – bring the camera for a brilliant whole class photo opportunity!
History at NMRN
A unique opportunity to access archives not normally on public display. These sessions are tailored to suit students' requirements and can include topics such as Maritime exploration and the development of England; The Royal Navy and the Transatlantic Slave Trade; The Gallipoli Campaign; The First and Second World Wars; D-Day; the Falklands Conflict and modern conflict post 9/11.
Price: £80 per half day for up to 35 people
History at Action Stations
A look at the world through the eyes of a spy, focusing on a Portsmouth based story that resulted in a not so happy ending! In this workshop, students will be sent on a secret mission around Action Stations, be put to the challenge of deciphering codes, taking part in our code and cipher workshop and exploring both modern and historic methods of espionage.
£8.00 per student.
A unique opportunity to immerse students in the Tudor world
See thousands of real artefacts all dating from 1545 during your museum visit, including some not found anywhere else in the world. Dr David Starkey calls it “England’s Pompeii” – one moment in time preserved for ever. Includes:
• a conflicting evidence case study
• a short talk on the intriguing evidence of religious practice from the Mary Rose
• real and replica artefact handling with opportunities to dress up
• careers in heritage/museums (by arrangement)
Supported by Trinity House
An enduring mystery for history and science
Why did the Mary Rose really sink? Explore this continuing mystery in a two part cross-curricular workshop. Was she sunk by French gunfire? Was the ship unstable or overloaded? Were there other factors? Scrutinise the provenance of key sources and weigh the conflicting historical evidence. Test predictions relating to stability and load-bearing capacity of models. Use the scientific evidence to support or refute the theories.
History at HMS Victory
Students have a unique opportunity to go behind the scenes and access the museum archives linked to HMS Victory, Nelson and the Battle of Trafalgar. Through a series of investigative activities focused around these primary sources students will discover more about the ship, the battle and the men who served on board.
Price: Discovery visit £4 per pupil + £80 per half day for up to 30 people
History at the NMRN
This session allows students to explore and debate the wider issues and human stories behind slavery. Using artefacts and sources, students work together to explore both the rise and fall of the Slave Trade and the Royal Navy’s role in it.
£50 per 1 hour workshop for up to 35 pupils
Victorian Shipmates KS1 & KS2
History on HMS Warrior
At the Mary Rose Museum and on board HMS Warrior 1860
Work out the degree of change in surgery from Paré to Lister in this two-centre active study day, focusing on the role of war and individuals.
Put the Medical Renaissance in context at the Mary Rose Museum:
• See the unique collection of Tudor medical equipment
• Assess the extent of knowledge and skill of the surgeon of the Mary Rose
• Investigate the evidence of illnesses and injuries from the human remains found on the ship
• Role-play scenarios using replica artefacts and costumes. Marks awarded for historical accuracy!
Length of Session: Study Day, Maximum Number per Session: 32, Price: £260
Pirate Shipmates KS1
History at the NMRN
What would it have been like to be a famous pirate like Blackbeard? Find out in this hands-on activity session. From handling a real cutlass and flintlock pistol to role play and knot tying, this session will bring to life a swashbuckling pirate life on the high seas!
£8.00 per student.
History and Science at the NMRN
Who was Nelson? What was it like to sail with Nelson’s Navy? In this activity -based session pupils explore the life of this famous man and will be ‘trained’ for a life at sea.
From object handling a life mask of Nelson, role -playing jobs on board, to investigating if diet then was healthier than today, pupils discover first-hand what life was like for sailors in the past.
Price: £50 per 1 hour workshop for up to 35 people (fully accessible)
Life in a Tudor town: Local history and geography
What was it like to live in the home port of the Mary Rose? Look at maps, handle replica artefacts and dress up to build up a picture of life in Portsmouth 500 years ago. How much do you think that the City has changed since the time of the Mary Rose?
Alternative version: Hampshire’s Tudor Past
Renaissance medicine in action - History
Just how bad was Tudor medicine? How effective was the Mary Rose surgeon? Use costumes and replica artefacts as props, role-play the surgeon and his patients in scenarios based on the Mary Rose crew. Medical practice must be strictly Tudor!
Tudor materials under the microscope
Work with real and replica artefacts to investigate Tudor materials and their properties. Were they fit for purpose? How do they compare with modern materials? Use digital microscopes to compare sample materials and see them in high definition!
History/Geography and English at the NMRN
This hands-on investigative session uses ‘Discovery Boxes’ as children follow in the footsteps of the explorers like Drake and Hawkins. The session is excellent for developing children’s natural inquisitiveness and enquiry skills.
£50 per 1 hour workshop for up to 35 pupils.
Navigation without Sat Nav!
Do you have the skills to become the Navigator’s new apprentice? Use Tudor maps and charts to plot a safe course for the Mary Rose into Portsmouth Harbour. Handle replicas of our unique collection to discover how knowledgeable the Tudor navigator was – you might be surprised!
Contribute to the ongoing debate
Why did the Mary Rose sink and why is she so significant? Use historical skills to engage with a genuine debate comparing conflicting primary sources on the sinking of the ship before voting for the most likely theory. How many mystery replica artefacts can you identify? What does this amazing collection reveal about Tudor life?
Were the Mary Rose crew fit to fight?
Dispel some of those myths about Tudor life. Are we fitter and healthier than our Tudor ancestors? A series of activities looking at diet and fitness challenges you to decide for yourself. Handle replica artefacts to understand the impact of lifestyle on the men of the Mary Rose.