The moment the metal structure broke as the Mary Rose was lifted out of the Solent for the first time made millions of people around the UK watching their TVs fear that that fleeting glance of the ship might be everyone’s last. Thankfully that wasn’t the case and the wreak of the ship (and it’s contents) over the last thirty years have been preserved and displayed to millions of visitors to the city.
On October 11th 2012 Portsmouth Historic Dockyard will mark the 30th anniversity of the raising of the ship with a number of special events and a legion of divers, many volunteers, will be remembered as an integral part of the Mary Rose story. Starting the anniversary celebrations will be a boat trip and evening talk on Thursday October 11th 2012 – 3pm-7.30pm.
The boat trip will leave Portsmouth Historic Dockyard to visit the wreck site in the Solent with commentaries from John Lippiett, Chief Executive of the Mary Rose Trust and Bruce Parker who was the BBC commentator on the day of the raising. A Tudor musician will play traditional music on embarking the boat and again at the wreck site where there will also be a ceremonial longbow salute by the Purbrook Archers and a complimentary glass of wine to raise to the human endeavour of the raising.
In the evening there will be an anniversary talk at the Mary Rose Story, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, from Christopher Dobbs who was one of the salvage diving team in 1982 and still working at the Mary Rose Trust as Head of Interpretation for the new museum. Everyone attending this special anniversary event will be treated to a complimentary glass of wine, commemorative gift certificate and souvenir gift bag.
Ticket must be booked in advance:
Boat trip (3pm – 5pm) – £12.50
Evening talk (5.45pm – 7.30pm) – £12.50
Combined boat trip and talk ticket – £24
To book, call Sue Judge or Becky Ashton at the Mary Rose Story Tel: 02392 812 931 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The annual Anniversary Lecture programme will also take place on the 12th and 13th October, details to be announced soon and there will be a private diver’s reunion to honour their achievements of 30 years ago.