Drinks Reception at the Mary Rose Museum
Over 100 alumni and guests gathered at the award winning Mary Rose Museum where they had the opportunity to take a tour of the museum at their leisure, followed by drinks and canapés in the Admiral’s Gallery.
The £27m Mary Rose Museum opened its doors to visitors in May 2013. Located just metres from Nelson’s flagship, HMS Victory and the ships of the modern Royal Navy, the Tudor ship captured the world’s imagination when she was raised from the seabed in 1982. She is the only sixteenth century warship on display anywhere in the world and the museum built around her reunites her with many of her 19,000 artefacts and crew.
Hosting this alumni event for the first time in his role as Vice-Chancellor of the University was Graham Galbraith who our alumni were all keen to meet. Our speakers for the evening were Head of Interpretation at the Museum Christopher Dobbs who was not only part of the archaeological team who helped to excavate the Mary Rose, but is also an alumnus of the University. He delivered an engaging presentation, which was then followed by alumnus Eddie Clamp, a Royal Navy Diver who was also part of its excavation. Eddie gave a heartfelt encounter about his connection to the Mary Rose.
As the evening drew to a close our guests congregated on the outside deck to watch a beautiful sunset. Alumna Carole Coren said of the event: “… it was a most enjoyable evening and really interesting to meet and hear the divers experiences. A great evening, the Mary Rose was fascinating and to see the sun set over the Victory was the icing on the cake.”