Portsmouth Historic Dockyard is a public access part of the Royal Navy dockyard and houses a number of historic ships and museums, including HMS Victory, HMS Warrior and the Mary Rose. Entry to the site is free, but payment is required for the individual museums and ships.
Back in the 1660's Samuel Pepys was the "Clerk of the Acts" for the Navy Board and his visits are recorded in his diaries. We have been bringin Samuel to life on his visits to Portsmouth. As well as this, we have a dockyard cook house producing food for the Navy Board visitors and mariners.
We also have a gun crew in training going through the motions. This is an opportunity for children to join in as part of the training crew. There is also the chance to find out about 17th century navigation as well.
It doesn't seem that long ago when the Mary Rose was raised from the bed of the Solent. 31st May 2013 will see the ship's new home open to the public. The museum holds some of the thousands of artefacts brought up and preserved. Amongst them a small piece of gun deck was created and we held a few interpretations of men aboard. These were set a day before her final sailing, heading off to fight the French in the Solent, and earlier when the boat was undergoing improvements in dry dock.