The Mary Rose Trust is the guardian of Henry VIII’s warship Mary Rose, which sank in the Solent in 1545 after 34 years service.

The Trust uses the dramatic story of the sinking of the Mary Rose and her unparalleled collection of Tudor navigational instruments to provide a historical context to teach people of all ages about seamanship and navigation.

A display in the new Mary Rose Museum, which opened in late 2012, showcases the Navigator’s tools and personal possessions to give a unique insight into the man himself.

Hands-on activities and workshops explain key concepts in navigation, including stability and maritime safety, as well as teach practical skills such as knots and map reading.

For those who cannot visit the Mary Rose Museum in Portsmouth, outreach visits and virtual learning online give access to the collection and our teaching materials.

It was Henry VIII who gave Trinity House a royal charter in 1514 so it is fitting that 500 years later the Mary Rose Trust and Trinity House should join forces to advance the knowledge and skill of the public in navigation and seamanship.

Additionally, the first Master of the Mary Rose was Thomas Spert, who became the first Master of Trinity House in 1514.