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UK’s new Mary Rose Museum opens

Mary Rose PortsmouthAfter decades of conservation and construction, costing a total of £27million, the Mary Rose Museum has been completed to accompany the historic Tudor ship in Portsmouth. The Mary Rose, built in 1510, was the flagship of Henry Tudor’s fleet, fighting for king and country until 1545 when she sank while leading an attack against the French invasion. Over 400 years later, after many attempts to salvage some of the wreckage, the ship was successfully excavated in 1982. It was the result of a three-year project let by maritime archaeologist Margaret Rule in which 28,000 dives took place making it the largest underwater excavation and recovery ever. The new museum opened at the end of last month and is located at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard – the very same dockyard at which the warship was built over 500 years ago. The HMS Victory, Nelson’s flagship, and the modern Royal Navy ships are located just metres away so the new addition is the centrepiece for experiencing British maritime history. In the new museum, galleries run the length of the ship, each corresponding to deck levels with artefacts displayed, giving visitors an insight into what the decks would have looked like in the 16th century before the ship’s mysterious demise. The museum is dedicated to all of the seamen who lost their lives on the ship and their story is a key element in the exhibition. Although the ship has another four or five years of conservation ahead of it to remove over 100 tonnes of water from the wood, visitors can now visit the museum to experience an important part of British history. Describing the attraction, museum ambassador and historian Dr David Starkey said: “The Mary Rose is the English Pompeii, preserved by water, not fire. All Tudor life is there; it is like stepping inside a Holbein painting.”

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