Mary Rose £35m museum and event space expected for 2012: gallery

The Heritage Lottery Fund has given the green light to a £35m museum and event space to be built around historic ship, the Mary Rose, Portsmouth.

Mary Rose £35m museum and event space expected for 2012
Mary Rose £35m museum and event space expected for 2012

The museum, which developers intend to open before the 2012 London Olympics, will be built to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Mary Rose.

The Tudor warship itself will be dried-out in a ‘hotbox' at the centre of the museum until its full unveiling in 2016.

Melissa Gerbaldi, a spokesperson for Portsmouth Historic Dockyard told Event that the museum would hold educational and family events as well as corporate hospitality functions.

"It will [also] have Mary Rose exhibitions based around the artefacts and the lives of the Tudors, whether it be warfare or medicine etcetera. Obviously we will have a clearer idea of events closer to the museum opening," she added.

Visitors to the museum will be able to witness the ongoing wet and dry conservation of the Mary Rose through viewing ports from each of the new deck-level galleries.

On completion of the air-drying phase, the hotbox enclosure will be removed, allowing views of the ship's original timbers as intended when the Mary Rose was raised from the seabed in 1982.

For mock-up images of the museum (courtesy of Wilkinson Eyre Architects) click here.

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