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Mary Rose artefacts to go on show
Raising artefacts during the excavation
The artefacts on display were recovered during the recent dive
Items recovered during a recent dive at the historic wreck site of the Mary Rose are on public display over the August bank holiday weekend.

Visitors to the Mary Rose Museum in Portsmouth, Hampshire, will even get a chance to touch the artefacts, which include a Tudor comb and knife.

Most of Henry VIII's flagship was raised from the Solent in 1982 after 437 years under the sea.

Investigations over the last year have resulted in many new discoveries.

Mary Rose sank off Portsmouth on 19 July, 1545, in front of Henry VIII, who was watching his favourite ship engage the French
It appears she was overloaded or mishandled and not, as the French claim, holed by one of their cannon
Built between 1509 and 1511, she was the pride of the Tudor fleet and was one of the first warships which could fire a broadside
She was named after Princess Mary, Henry's youngest sister
Searches for the ship began in the 1960s, but it was not until 1971 that she was found
More than 60 million people worldwide watched the raising of Mary Rose live on television on 11 October 1982
During the most recent expedition marine archaeologists found large pieces of the vessel's missing front section, which had broken off from the rest of the ship.

Other items that will be on display at the museum in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard include Tudor dagger handles, a pocket sundial, stone and iron shot and the pommel of a sword.

All the artefacts were retrieved during the recent dive season.

"Public interest during the dive this year was phenomenal and the decision to display the artefacts immediately for this bank holiday weekend follows considerable public demand", explained John Lippiett, chief executive of the Mary Rose Trust .

The showing coincides with BBC Radio 4's programme Reunion, to be broadcast on Sunday 29 August and dedicated to the team behind the raising of the Mary Rose.

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