Mary Rose Wins Maritime Digital Media Award

The iconic 16th-Century flagship – Henry VIII’s favourite – has been awarded a very-much contemporary award for its state-of-the-art website learning experience…

The Mary Rose Museum (image © Hufton+Crow).

Maritime Media Awards 2018

The Mary Rose has been announced as the winner of The First Sea Lord’s Award for Best Use of Digital Media at the Maritime Media Awards at an evening ceremony at Drapers’ Hall, London.

The Maritime Media Awards celebrates work that enhances public understanding of maritime issues.

The First Sea Lord’s Award for Best Use of Digital Media recognises a person or team that has made the most constructive contribution to raising awareness of current maritime issues through digital media (websites, apps, or social media). The judges took into account the depth, quality and originality of the work, and its impact on public awareness and individual commitment to these issues.

The Mary Rose – which is located in Portsmouth – was nominated for its website, which, supported by major research, presents an illuminating account of Henry VIII’s flagship and the 19,000 personal and professional artefacts that give a stunning insight into life on board in Tudor Times. The visitor is given an unparalleled overview, both of historical context in which the Mary Rose sank and of the archaeological discoveries that can be seen in the museum. The team uses social media effectively to promote corporate messages. museum events and exhibitions, engaging with visitors in an inspiring and enthusiastic way.

Helen Bonser-Wilton, Chief Executive of the Mary Rose Trust, stated:-

‘We are delighted that the work of our digital team has been recognised at the Maritime Media Awards. The team works tirelessly to raise awareness of the Mary Rose by bringing alive Tudor history through our digital media channels in such a creative way.’. 

Other nominees in this category included The Lifeboat Station Project, The European Marine Energy Centre, and The Royal Society.

The Mary Rose – Henry VIII’s favourite warship – was discovered by marine archaeologists in 1971 and raised from the seabed in 1982.

The Story of the Mary Rose in Numbers

• 1510 – the year the Mary Rose was built.

• 1545 – the year the Mary Rose sunk, on the 19th July during the 3rd French War.

• 500 men on board, only 35 survived.

• 5ft 7in was the average height of a crew member.

• 1971 – the year the Mary Rose site was discovered and excavation begun.

• 27,831 dives made to the Mary Rose during the modern excavation project.

• 22,710 hours of marine archaeological excavation of the seabed.

• 437 years the Mary Rose spent underwater.

• 1982 – the year the Mary Rose was raised from the seabed.

• 19,000 artefacts have been recovered from the site so far including:-

• 6,600 arrow bits.

The remaining intact section of the Mary Rose, as exhibited at Portsmouth Dockyard.

The Maritime Foundation

The Maritime Foundation’s purpose is to promote Britain’s interests across the entire maritime sector and to inform and raise public and parliamentary awareness of the importance of Britain’s maritime industries, commerce and defence through education, training and research, as well as through the Foundation’s annual Maritime Media Awards.

The Maritime Media Awards were launched in 1995 by the Maritime Foundation in memory of Desmond Wettern, former naval correspondent of the Daily Telegraph. They honour journalists, authors and others whose work in the media has served to create greater public understanding of maritime issues.

The judging committee is made up of eminent maritime and media figures. The guest speaker at this year’s awards was endurance swimmer and ocean advocate Lewis Pugh.


Annual adult tickets for Mary Rose are priced at £17 (less for concessions). Tickets can be bought from the Mary Rose Visitor Centre and Museum. A 20% discount applies to tickets bought online at General admission tickets are valid for 12 months from date of purchase.

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard tickets bought after 30th March 2018 do not include admission to The Mary Rose and Mary Rose tickets cannot be bought from the PHD Visitor Centre.

Opening Hours: November – March – 10am-5pm (last entry 4:15pm) April – October – 10am – 5:30pm (last entry 4:45pm) 24-26th December – Closed

For more information on the Maritime Foundation, see


[Credits:  Feature image – The Mary Rose Museum (© Hufton+Crow);; Mary Rose Press Office;;]


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