University of Portsmouth students are spending a day broadcasting live from the Mary Rose Museum in Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard Portsmouth. The event, which is first of its kind for both organisations, will see live the live shows beamed straight to the Big Screen in Portsmouth’s Guildhall square, this Friday 2 June.
The students have been given exclusive access to areas of the Mary Rose ship and museum that have never been seen before. They have already been filming from behind the scenes from where they will be telling the story of how the building was designed and built around Henry VIII’s famous warship that sank in 1545. The purpose-built museum, houses the remains of the ship that was raised from the seabed in 1982, and is home to many of her artefacts.
In a series of three live shows on 2 June, the students will tell the ship’s story from its sinking to its recovery, including how it was discovered and the continued excavation and maintenance of artefacts. They will explain the on-going work – a mixture of science and patience – necessary to ensure the conservation and showcasing of the ship and its treasures.
They will also tell the story of what life was like on board the ship through its artefacts and what this tells us about life on board, examining the social and personal lives of the people who lost their lives. The shows will include live interviews, original footage and video content from the museum’s archives. There will be interviews with museum staff, conservationists and historians as well as members of the public.
The broadcasts are the work of Television and Broadcasting students and form part of their final year show. Three groups of students will each produce a 45 minute television broadcast, each with a different topic related to The Mary Rose. Their task is to create a new and exciting programme that brings to life the famous ship and its museum.
Gary Bown, Principal Lecturer and the Unit coordinator for the students’ project said that the teams have been given challenges that reflect real-world broadcasting scenarios. He said: “It’s a daunting task because the entire show, from planning to 45 minutes on air, is down to them. They must produce, edit, market and broadcast their show and will be marked on every single aspect from conception to execution, pulling on the knowledge that they have gained through their university course.”
The collaboration comes from a long term relationship between the university and the trust. Students from varying courses are encouraged to engage with The Mary Rose via Conservation, Learning, Research and Work Experience.
Last year a student team produced a documentary for The Mary Rose, focusing on the new life-size projections of the crew, students were asked to assist in the filming of the projections and to document the process for a marked assessment.
Helen Bonser-Wilton, Chief Executive of the Mary Rose Trust, said: “We are delighted to be working with Portsmouth University Film Students again after our successful collaboration on the Mary Rose Crew Projections. We hope this will provide them with great experience, while providing us with films that we can use to publicise the Museum.”
The students will broadcast live to the city of Portsmouth via the Big Screen, with much of the action being seen by visitors to the Historic Dockyard and the museum who may even be asked for interview.
The student teams will broadcast at the following times:
11am: ‘TeamRed’ will be exploring the human endeavour behind The Mary Rose and speaking to the people involved since the 1980’s to present day. #MaryRosePeople
1pm: ‘TeamYellow’ will examine the concept behind the Mary Rose Museum and the challenges faced with conserving the ship. #MaryRoseStory
3pm: ‘TeamBlue’ will explore the life and personalities on board The Mary Rose. #MaryRoseHistorywith the added pressure of presenting live to potentially thousands of people.