I've been asked to forward this message from the Mary Rose Trust in
response to Cerridwen Connelly's comments last Wednesday, as they don't
have direct links with the discussion group.
This is in response to the note submitted by Cerridwen Connelly
regarding the Mary Rose 25th Anniversary celebrations.
The Mary Rose are celebrating the 25th anniversary of the lifting of the
ship with a number of events. One is a three day public conference with
19 guest lecturers over the period 10-12th October. The full programme
includes a reception hosted by the Lord Mayor of Portsmouth, a guided
tour of HMS Victory, a formal dinner and a boat trip to the site of the
Mary Rose. All are bookable separately. The cost per day is £35, with
the exception of the day including the boat trip which is £50. I think
that you will find this comparable with if not cheaper than many lecture
programmes. This fee includes coffee, lunch, afternoon tea and room/AV
A reunion for all those involved with the diving and recovery of the
ship is scheduled for 12-14th October. This includes lectures from Mary
Rose Trust staff on the Saturday, a formal dinner on Saturday night,
boat trip to the site on Sunday morning and lectures on the Sunday
afternoon. The cost for the lectures (also to include coffee, tea,
lunch, room and av hire) is £20.00 on Saturday and £15.00 on Sunday.
The evening dinner and boat trip are costed separately. The Mary Rose
Trust has stated that the Museum and Ship will be open free of charge
over the weekend for anyone who either dived or helped with the
excavation or recovery irrespective of whether they have paid for the
lectures or not.
None of the events are profit making. There are over 600 people who
quality for the reunion, 560 of those are listed as divers. It is
impossible and unethical to treat any of the divers differently, all had
a vital role to play in the success of the Mary Rose. It is impossible
for the Mary Rose (a registered charity) to use funds to pay for this
sort of event with this number of people involved. Already the Trust is
subsidizing the event with the postage and staff time.
The Mary Rose Trust has a formal information group who are provisioned
with up to date lecture material and are provided with an annual single
day special lecture programme and behind the scenes tour of the reserve
collection, at no cost to themselves. These volunteers give lectures
on behalf of the Mary Rose Trust world-wide. They are extremely well
provisioned and are a vital part of the Mary Rose outreach programme.
This is open to everyone and many of the divers continue to support the
Trust through this and volunteering as guides within the Ship Hall.
All events listed above and details of both the Mary Rose Society and
Information Group can be found on the Mary Rose website.
Alexzandra Hildred, Curator of Ordnance and Conference/Reunion