Margaret Rule

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Margaret Rule
Born (1928-09-27) 27 September 1928 (age 85)

Margaret Rule, CBE (born 27 September 1928) led the project that excavated and raised the Tudor warship Mary Rose in 1982.[1][2][3] Educated at Cambridge University in land archaeology, she was the curator of the Fishbourne Roman Palace, when she began her work in maritime archaeology when she was consulted on the initial search for the wreck of Mary Rose. She has been made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire. In 1995, the National Maritime Museum awarded her its Caird Medal. In 2001 the University of Portsmouth named a new 342 bed student accommodation block Margaret Rule Hall after her. In 2008, she was awarded the Colin Mcleod Award for “Furthering international co-operation in diving” by the British Sub Aqua Club.[4]

In March 1982 Margaret Rule visited Adelaide, South Australia, as the keynote speaker to the Second Southern Hemisphere Conference on Maritime Archaeology. During the Conference she visited the historic Murray River port of Morgan and dived with members of the Society for Underwater Historical Research (SUHR) on a project to record and recover items from the riverbed alongside the town's massive wharf.[5][6]


  • Down, Alec; Rule, Margaret (1971). Chichester Excavations. Chichester, West Sussex: Chichester Civic Society Excavations Committee. ISBN 0950143804. 
  • Rule, Margaret (1974). Floor Mosaics in Roman Britain. London: Macmillan / Sussex Archaeological Trust. ISBN 0333148282. 
  • Rule, Margaret (1977). Fishbourne Roman Palace. Sussex: Sussex Archaeological Society. 
  • Rule, Margaret (1982). The Mary Rose: the Excavation and Raising of Henry VIII's Flagship. Leicester: Windward. ISBN 0711203164. 
  • Rule, Margaret; Monaghan, Jason (1993). A Gallo-Roman Trading Vessel from Guernsey: The Excavation and Recovery of a Third Century Shipwreck. Guernsey: Guernsey Museums & Galleries. ISBN 1871560039. 
  • Contributor to: May, Eric; Jones, Mark, eds. (2006). Conservation Science: Heritage Materials. Cambridge, UK: RSC Publishing. ISBN 0854046593. 


  1. ^ "Mary Rose memories: Margaret Rule". BBC News. 29 May 2013. Retrieved 30 May 2013. 
  2. ^ Eaton, B (7 October 1982). "HMS Mary Rose – A Tudor treasure trove.". New Scientist 96: 8–11. 
  3. ^ Worman, Robin (5 October 2007). "Mary Rose memories". BBC Hampshire. Retrieved 30 May 2013. 
  4. ^ "Colin Mcleod Award". British Sub Aqua Club. Retrieved 22 February 2013. 
  5. ^ Marfleet, Brian, (2006), The Morgan Project: Volume 1 – Progress, Newsletter & Annual Reports (1977-1983), Port Adelaide, SA, Society for Underwater Historical Research, (ISBN 0 9588006 3 4), pp. 92 & 107. [1]
  6. ^ Marfleet, Brian, (2006), The Morgan Project: Volume 2 – The Final Report (1989) , Port Adelaide, SA, Society for Underwater Historical Research, (ISBN 0 9588006 4 2), pp.32, 42, 45 & 52.[2]