A new museum housing Henry VIII's flagship, The Mary Rose, was officially opened to the public today at Portsmouth's Historic Dockyard. Built in 1510, the ship sank in the Solent during a battle against a French invasion fleet in 1545, as Henry VIII watched from Southsea Castle; of the 500 crew members only 35 survived.
The Mary Rose was raised from the seabed in 1982, along with thousands of artefacts many of which (from cannon to surgical equipment to the ship's bell) are on display at the museum. Faces of many of the crew members have been reconstructed using skulls found with the wreck. Interactive features include video games recreating the Battle of the Solent and a simulator that enables you to try out your archery skills.
Photographs: James Burkinshaw