SCI Public Evening Lecture: Mary Rose: the making of a British icon

SCI Public Evening Lecture: Mary Rose: the making of a British icon

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How did we get Mary Rose from Seabed to Showcase and which latest
scientific techniques helped to determine what conservation treatments
would preserve the ship and artefacts for future generations? Discover
how sports science and DNA analysis was used to explore and tell the
personal stories of the men who perished so tragically on that dramatic
Join us as we live-stream the SCI Public Evening Lecture series which is free and open to all.

Uncovering the Mary Rose’s secretsMary Rose is a British icon. The flagship of Henry VIII, she sailed throughout his reign and saw him through five and a half wives before sinking dramatically while fighting off an attempted French invasion of Portsmouth in 1545.

Sunk in the Solent, the wreck and her contents were protected by layers of silt, ensuring that the ship and artefacts have been remarkably well preserved. The wreck of Mary Rose and the artefacts were carefully excavated and raised between 1979–1982 and are now displayed in a purpose-built museum in Portsmouth.

Public connection to Mary Rose has always been strong, as Henry VIII’s favourite ship and because of the quality and volume of her collection. This ranges from weapons to everyday working tools, games and instruments to shoes, rosaries, and even the skeleton of the ship’s dog. These give a unique insight into life at all levels of society in Tudor times.

Helen Bonser-Wilton, Chief Executive of Mary Rose Trust will take you on a fascinating journey through the history of Mary Rose and the dramatic story of her discovery, raising and display. It is a story of  human endeavour, passion, tenacity, and determination to achieve a huge vision against the odds.

About the SpeakerHelen Bonser-Wilton is the Chief Executive of Mary Rose in Portsmouth. Helen studied at Bradford University and qualified as an Interpreter and Translator before moving into the world of advertising. She was Group Brand Manager for Crown Paints and then Group Marketing Manager for Bernstein Kitchens, before relocating to Devon to work for the National Trust. Helen spent 12 years at theTrust, working as Marketing and Supporter Development Manager in Devon and Cornwall, Programme Director at Tyntesfield, Director of Operations in the South West, and Change Programme Director at National Trust Head Office.

Helen joined Mary Rose Trust in September 2015 and oversaw the 2016 relaunch of the museum.

Helen Bonser-Wilton
Hosted by
The University of Aberdeen
Meston Lecture Theatre

Dr Rainer Ebel,

Free event, no booking required.
Registration starts at 6pm.

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