Education News | St Michael's Pupils visit Mary Rose | Andover & VillagesPupils from Class 2 at Figheldean St Michael’s Primary School left their classroom recently to visit the Mary Rose.

The trip, was part of this terms project on the theme ‘Explorers’, and focuses on Henry VIII and his warship.

“This visit was a fantastic opportunity to see such a wonderful example of Tudor Technology in its new exhibition,” said Class 2 teacher, Mrs Green. “The children enjoyed a guided tour of the Mary Rose and exhibition and then took part in a workshop to explore navigation, food and clothing on board ship.”

The Mary Rose was built in 1510 and was in service for 34 years before sinking in 1545. The Tudor ship was discovered in 1971 and raised in 1982. Now in the final stages of conservation, she takes her place in a unique museum.

Teaching Assistant, Mrs Merrydew said, “The children enjoyed dressing up and loved the holograms of people working on the ship.”

Class 2 pupil, Charlotte said the trip to the Mary Rose was fantastic. “It was great to see the real boat.”

Fellow pupils, Cameron and Francesca said, “It was fascinating because we held replicas of the plates and bowls that the crew used.”

Dressing up in the clothes was the highlight for pupils Bowden and Noah. “I liked dressing up but the crew’s clothes were uncomfortable and itchy, said Bowden. Noah said, “The officer’s clothes were smart and some were made out of velvet.”

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