'Discovering the Mary Rose: Aaarrtt on the High Seas'

College of Arts and Humanities


Dr Nick Owen
Dr Catherine Fletcher
Professor David Britton

From: Nov. 16, 2019, 11 a.m.
To: Nov. 16, 2019, 3 p.m.
Location: Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Alexandra Rd, Swansea SA1 5DZ, Other

All aboard for a fun-filled day of fantastical adventure on the high seas, celebrating the Glynn Vivian’s new exhibition Mary Rose: Craft and Innovation. Discover fascinating facts and sinister secrets about life on board this infamous boat in a series of workshops including animated theatre and creating your own Tudor play, digging for buried treasure, building a 3-Dimensional open world and designing and racing your own Tudor-themed self-propelled motor boats. You will need to keep your eyes peeled for clues on our Mary Rose themed gallery trail - find them all to discover the hidden secrets of the Mary Rose! With talks, performances, dress up and wandering minstrels this is going to be a day you will not want to miss.

This new exhibition provides an insight into the innovative design and global context of the famous ship. It explores the ship’s innovative design, Welsh connections and new scientific research through a variety of objects, including longbows, arrows, bowls, and shoes, which gives us a unique insight into Tudor history.

11:30am and 12:30pm (30 mins each) - no booking required
Family-friendly talk: "Pirates of the Mediterranean": How did people from Spain, Italy and North Africa end up on the Mary Rose and what might pirates have to do with it?

1pm -2pm - booking is required
(limited to 40 children, accompanying adults do not require a ticket)
‘Create your own Tudor play!’ One hour to create and perform with David Britton, Professor of Dramaturgy, and Lighthouse Theatre.
Book your free tickets here!

11am-3pm - drop in sessions - no booking required
Creative stations:

Old school Animated Theatre – Dress up and animate yourself as you fight off or befriend a giant sea-monster in a theatrical, 3-dimensional cardboard theatre set.
Digging for buried treasure – We are creating a giant desert island. Use a compass to search for buried clues that will help you complete the gallery trail. But be careful, if you don’t navigate correctly you will be in for a gruesome surprise!
Come and collaborate in building a gigantic 3-Dimensional open world and turn it into Swansea’s biggest board game!
Design and race your own self-propelled model boats in our Tudor themed whacky races competition.
Wandering minstrels! | Gallery trail: gather clues from talk, performance, musicians and exhibit to complete! | New educational packs: to be tested for the first time; then rolled out to Glynn Vivian learning programmes / schools. Complete in our chill out zone!

Come dressed as a pirate - win a prize for the best costume!

Led by: Dr Nick Owen, Dr Catherine Fletcher and Professor David Britton
In partnership with: Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, the Mary Rose Trust, Oriel Science, the Cultural Institute and the College of Engineering, Swansea University.

This event is part of the Being Human festival, the UK’s only national festival of the humanities, taking place 14–23 November. Led by the School of Advanced Study, University of London, in partnership with the Arts & Humanities Research Council and the British Academy. For further information please see www.beinghumanfestival.org.

Contact: Cultural Institute (Email: cultural-institute@swansea.ac.uk) - Telephone: 01792 295190

Website: https://www.swansea.ac.uk/cultural-institute/events/being-human-2019/

Event created by: m.t.hughes