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New interactive cinema experience Dive The Mary Rose 4D opens

March 31, 2023

Portsmouth’s Mary Rose Museum have opened Dive The Mary Rose 4D, an impressive new interactive experience.

The immersive once in a lifetime adventure will help visitors re-live the untold story of the world’s most famous shipwreck from the finding, excavating, and raising 40 years ago.  Dive The Mary Rose 4D is expected to be a huge draw for families.

The experience uses Unreal Engine, a state-of-the-art technology used in computer gaming, to bring this key moment in history to more people. The Mary Rose Trust partnered with Figment Productions, world leading experts in this field to produce the film.

All the narrators involved in the film, including award winning documentary maker and actor Ross Kemp, have dived on the wreck site. Many of them, helped recover 19-thousand unique Tudor artefacts to add to the already impressive collection housed at The Mary Rose Museum in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.

Original archive footage includes His Majesty King Charles III diving with the excavation team 40 years ago, before The Mary Rose was raised in a spectacular maritime salvage and recovery.

CEO of the Mary Rose Museum, Dominic Jones, said:

“Dive The Mary Rose 4D allows visitors to experience the final untold chapter of King Henry VIII’s most loved warship from the finding, excavation, and its painstaking raising. This spectacular immersive adventure is another exciting addition for Portsmouth Historic Dockyard in time for the Easter school holidays. It also compliments the 1545 experience narrated by Dame Judi Dench, which allows visitors to see and feel for themselves what it was like to be on the ship as it sank on that fateful day all those years ago.”

Ross Kemp added

“I was delighted to be able to dive on the wreck site of The Mary Rose as part of my upcoming documentary series for Sky HISTORY. But nothing could have prepared me for what it was like to be able to help unearth history at the same time. Being part of Dive The Mary Rose 4D has given me a whole new level of respect for what was an incredible feat from a team of over 500 divers, engineers, and maritime experts. What they achieved with the raising of The Mary Rose, was nothing short of remarkable.”

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