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Make it Move!

Make it move! KS2

STEM on board HMS Warrior 1860

Designed by Sir Isaac Watts and launched in 1860, Warrior was the pride of Queen Victoria’s fleet. Powered by steam and sail, she was the largest, fastest and most powerful ship of her day and had a profound effect on naval architecture.
Through science investigations and team challenges, your pupils will discover the ingenuity of Victorian engineering and compare Warrior’s design and construction with Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s SS Great Western, SS Great Eastern and SS Great Britain. A perfect cross-curricular opportunity and a chance for your pupils to come and experience an example of great Victorian design and engineering.

A free Warrior cross-curricular trail for Key Stage 2 is available if you book a self-guided Discovery Visit with this workshop.

Length of session: 1.5 hours Maximum number per session: 32 Price: £100

Shipwright's Challenge

Shipwright's Challenge KS1

STEM on board HMS Warrior 1860

This workshop draws together all the elements from the 'Everyday Materials' section of the Key Stage 1 Science curriculum and is suitable either as an introduction to the topic, or to consolidate pupils' prior knowledge.

Come on board and explore Warrior to discover the variety of materials used to create this iconic battleship. A fun and engaging workshop full of games, challenges and experiments during which pupils learn about the different materials in Warrior's construction, and why they were chosen. Pupils will then test their own suggestions for warship construction. Are they better than Sir Isaac Watts? Are they shipshape for the fastest, largest, most powerful battleship in the world?

A free science trail for Key Stage 1 is available if you book a self-guided Discovery Visit with this workshop. 

Length of session: 1hr, Maximum number per session: 32, Price £75

HMS M33 Science challenge

HMS M33 Science challenge  KS3

STEM at HMS M.33

Discover the science behind HMS M33 from the unique design and construction to discovering how the crew communicated at sea. Can science help explain how the ship managed to move in shallow waters? How was the ship designed for combat? Pupils will uncover the answers using scientific enquiry to test and evaluate their findings.  

Price: Discovery visit £4 per student + £80 per 2 hour workshop for up to 30 people

Tale of Two Ships

Tale of Two Ships  KS3

History at HMS M.33

From Trafalgar to World War 1! Inspire your class with this unique opportunity to visit two ships. Pupils will compare and contrast diet and living conditions for the crews and how technology has changed the way of life on board. Then discover more about the children who served the Royal Navy in times of war.  

Price: Discovery visits £6.50 per student + £50 per 1 hour workshop for up to 30 people

Science, Conservation & the Mary Rose

Science, Conservation & the Mary Rose KS3

Real chemistry and biology at work

How is science saving the Mary Rose for future generations? Use microscopes to examine wood cell structure and investigate the changes caused by 437 years under the sea. Handle real samples of Mary Rose wood and discover polyethylene glycol, the amazing designer polymer, which has given the ship back her strength.

GCSE History: Medicine and Health Thematic Study 1545 – 1871

The history of medicine 1545-1871 KS3&4

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

Archaeology Experience Day

Archaeology Experience Day KS3&4

World-class archaeology in action


Alongside a museum visit, receive a rare opportunity to find out about the archaeology and conservation of the Mary Rose. Includes:
• Discovering how have we become a world leader in conservation science for waterlogged artefacts
• Real and replica artefact handling
• Careers after an archaeology degree – meet the experts!
Alternative version: Combined History and Archaeology A-Level Experience Day

What sank the Mary Rose? Experience Day

What sank the Mary Rose? KS3

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.

Materials of The Mary Rose

Materials of The Mary Rose KS1&2

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!

The Navigator's Apprentice

The Navigator's Apprentice KS1&2

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!

Fighting Fit

Fighting Fit KS2

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.

Iron does float?

Iron does float? KS2

STEM on board HMS Warrior 1860

In this fun and practical workshop pupils explore why boats float (or sink!). Observation, hands-on activities and team challenges enable pupils to experience the forces of gravity and up-thrust and understand that forces can be balanced and unbalanced.

A free cross-currcular trail for Key Stage 2 is available if you book a self-guided Discovery visit with this workshop.

Length of session: 1hr  Maximum number per session: 32 Price: £75

Ship Shape and a Square Meal

Ship Shape and a Square Meal KS1&2

Science/Maths/Design and Technology at HMS Victory

Through a range of hands-on activities pupils discover what sailors ate and how they kept clean, learning about the importance of keeping a crew healthy. They compare the diet of sailors then to what we eat now and decide who is healthier.

£50 per 1 hour for up to 30 people.