Year 7 visit to Mary Rose Museum
It was on the hottest day of the year that 100 Year 7 students left Southbourne station for Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. On arrival we were met by the Mary Rose team and shown into the museum – with its air conditioning giving us a welcome break from the heat. We were amazed at the range of artifacts on display from the Mary Rose wreck including nit combs, weapons, tankards and skeletons. After viewing the ship we took part in two workshops.
One of them allowed us to analyse evidence in an attempt to determine why the ship sank:
was it too heavy with so many soldiers on board? Was it hit by cannon from a French ship? Did a gust of wind blow it over and allow the open gunports to fill with water?
In the other workshop we studied some different objects from Tudor times including instruments used in treating various illnesses and injuries of the time. Here we conducted a role play by acting out a scene in which we had to diagnose a patient and suggest an appropriate treatment e.g. blood letting by leeches!! Several students dressed up as the barber surgeon in black cape and hat.
After a busy day we returned to school by train and appreciated our lives in the 21st century.