The Mary Rose Museum in Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard is re-opening its doors this summer, but families can get a taste of what’s on offer as the Mary Rose crew take over Southsea Castle this bank holiday weekend.
On Sunday and Monday (29 and 30 May), a free pop-up museum will be introducing the people of Portsmouth to such Tudor activities as archery and Nine Men’s Morris, a game found scratched onto a barrel lid on the ship.
Other fun family activities include: dressing up as a Tudor, artefact handling and talks from the crew about the life and times of the Mary Rose. All the usual Southsea Castle attractions will be available too.
Paul Griffiths, head of operations at the Mary Rose Museum, said: “We are absolutely delighted to be staging the last of our pop-up museum touring events before we re-open the Mary Rose Museum back home in Portsmouth.
“Where better to host such a spectacle than at Southsea Castle, where on that fateful day in 1545 Henry VIII watched in horror as his flagship, the Mary Rose, sunk before his eyes in battle with the invading French fleet.
“This two day event promises to be amazing and we hope as many people as possible will come down to take part in the fun”.
The pop-up museum will be open on both days from 10am-5pm.
For more information visit www.maryrose.org/the-mary-rose-visits-southsea-castle/