MARY ROSE MUSEUM
Thursday October 14th, 2010
WORK STARTS ON MARY ROSE MUSEUM
28 years after she was raised from the bottom of the Solent, the only 16th century warship on display anywhere in the world is preparing to find a brand new home. Construction of the £35m Mary Rose Museum has begun and, on completion, will reunite the hull and its 19,000 artefacts for the first time since they were recovered in live front of TV audience of over 60 million.
The museum, which is the biggest project of its kind this decade, is due to open in Autumn 2012 and will resemble a wooden jewellery box. Funding has come from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Mary Rose Trust.
Chief executive of the Mary Rose Trust, Rear Admiral John Lippiett, said, “The significance of the Mary Rose collection cannot be underestimated and we still have a £4m fundraising target to meet before the museum can be opened to the public in 2012, the UK's Olympic year... One year on since the launch of the Mary Rose Public Appeal we remain reliant on the public to continue to ensure this national treasure is preserved for future generations.”
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