Mary Rose Museum - the day’s timetable

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Celebrations are being held across Portsmouth today to mark the opening of the Mary Rose Museum.

The history of the Mary Rose will be celebrated with events including a wreath-laying ceremony at the site of her sinking and a firing of flaming arrows.

n 6.30am-9.15am: A symbolic wreath-laying ceremony will take place at the wreck site to commemorate those who died when she sank in 1545.

n 8.50am: Boats will return to Portsmouth Harbour after the wreath ceremony. One boat will carry the Mary Rose ship’s bell, flanked by water cannons and a ceremonial gun salute.

n 11.20am: The Purbrook Archers will fire a volley of flaming arrows from the battlements of Southsea Castle, where King Henry VIII stood 500 years ago and watched the Mary Rose sink.

n 6pm: A giant Tudor flag covering the entire museum will be lowered to a rooftop fanfare by the Royal Marines Band.

n Tomorrow: The museum is open to the public for the first time.

n For videos, pictures and updates throughout the day on today’s events, visit