Sunday, February 15, 2009

New £35m Portsmouth museum for Mary Rose - IMAGE

Plans for a new £35m museum for the Tudor warship Mary Rose in Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard have been approved by the local council.

New £35m Portsmouth museum for Mary Rose - IMAGE

The Wilkinson Eyre Architects designed museum will contain the ship’s preserved hull with thousands of unseen artefacts for the first time in 500 years.

The museum building is shaped like a wooden jewellery box enclosing the Mary Rose as its "treasure".

Mary Rose Trust chief executive John Lippiett said: “We have reached a real milestone in the project and taken another step in the fascinating journey of the Mary Rose.

“We can now submit our stage 2 application with real confidence. We have the planning approval; we have demonstrated considerable success in raising half the money required and are buoyant that we can raise the remainder.”

The trust has raised over half of the ВЈ14m required to match the ВЈ21m earmarked for the project by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

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