Wolfson NB01, Senate House, London, WC1 7HU

18 February 2020, 5.15pm – 6.30pm


Sometime in the late afternoon of 19 July 1545, the Mary Rose, one of Henry VIII’s largest ships, sank in the Solent. As the king watched from his encampment, he could not have realised that this catastrophe would provide future generations with an unparalleled insight into his life and times.

The ill-fated ship represents both a living community and a state-of-the-art fighting machine, fully manned and equipped for war. To date, no marine excavation has attained the scale of the Mary Rose project, nor captured the imagination of the public so completely. Tragically lost, miraculously preserved, painstakingly excavated and meticulously conserved, its historical treasures provide a unique and vivid impression of life at sea in the 1500s.

In this free talk, Dr Alex Hildred (Mary Rose Trust) will challenge long-held perceptions regarding diversity in Tudor England. The remains of 185 soldiers, 200 mariners, 30 gunners, officers and their servants were found aboard the Mary Rose, along with 19,000 artefacts. Drawing on scientific, genetic and genealogical work, she will reveal the origins of this fascinating group of Tudor individuals.

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FREE All are welcome and there is no need to book.

Part of the Royal Museums Greenwich. Maritime History & Culture Seminars. Seminars typically include a 45-minute talk and a short Q&A session, followed by drinks in the Institute of Historical Research’s Common Room or a nearby pub. They provide an opportunity to hear from experts, find out about new research and meet people working in exciting fields.

Visit RMG Maritime History & Culture Seminars for more information and to book online.