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Mary Rose Museum

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Mary Rose Museum touchscreen interpretation

The Mary Rose Museum

The Many Faces of Tudor England

Genealogy Touchscreen

Hatch The Dog DNA Misfits

The Mary Rose Museum houses the unique and iconic warship of the same name, flagship of Henry VIII’s Tudor navy, that sank unexpectedly in 19th July 1545 and was painstakingly recovered in 1982.

News of the Mary Rose and how it was reclaimed from the Solent seabed has captured national headlines for years. The excavation and raising of the wreck represented a milestone in the field of maritime archaeology with the recovered ship housing a veritable time capsule of historic relics, objects and artefacts.

The bones of a total of 179 people were found during the excavations of the Mary Rose, including 92 “fairly complete skeletons”, more or less complete collections of bones associated with specific individuals. Analysis of these has shown that crew members were all male, most of them young adults.1

Today the Mary Rose Museum is a major visitor attraction at the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard and makes a fascinating and educational day out for all the family.

The Many Faces of Tudor England
In March of 2019, the Mary Rose Trust launched a new temporary exhibition based on scientific ‘forensic archaeology’, wherein DNA taken from some of the remains of the crew members was examined in detail. The outcome of these studies revealed that the crew of the Mary Rose were far more diverse than originally thought and hailed from all over Europe and Africa.

Working with the Mary Rose team, we conceived and developed a series of touchscreen interpretation programmes around the key facts derived from the DNA and genealogical studies.

These included:

  • The study of teeth and bones and what they reveal about the crew
  • The study of the onboard rat catcher, Hatch the Dog, and facts around canine DNA
  • How DNA revealed the crew’s provenance and ethnicity
  • How found objects uncovered further clues to the crew’s background
  • How isotopes analysis indicated regional information
  • A crew key member was traced to present day members of the public using genealogy
Isotope Analysis Touchscreen

Isotope Analysis Touchscreen

Bones & DNA Touchscreen Programme

Bones & DNA Touchscreen

Touchscreen interpretation

Foreign Objects Touchscreen

Making the complex simple
Presented with the raw data, we collated and shaped the information into a form that is more easily absorbed and accessible for visitors. They can explore through colourful, interactive touchscreens which featured 3D animations and layers of content, leading them through a journey of learning and understanding.

The exhibition was supported by a Channel 4 documentary, Skeletons of the Mary Rose: The New Evidence presented by the Mary Rose’s chief archaeologist and original diver, Dr Alex Hildred.

What our client said

I am writing a personal thank you for delivering such high quality work for “Many Face”. Your team have been clear, focussed and great to deal with throughout the process. It really was a very proud moment when we lauched the exhibition.

Helen Bonsor-Wilton, Chief Executive, Mary Rose Trust

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