Twenty years ago, the Royal Armouries began work with the Mary Rose Trust to try and understand why the main armament of the ship so strikingly consisted of beautiful cast bronze guns set alongside rather old-fashioned looking wrought iron guns.
During the evening Nicholas will discuss the museum’s role in this remarkable project, including the use of experimental archaeology, and an unprecedented programme of gun building and trial firings designed to replicate the heavy guns of King Henry VIII’s favourite warship, the Mary Rose.
He will conclude with the startling results that provided a fresh understanding of the Mary Rose as a new kind of fighting ship.
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