Firm values the Mary Rose’s home

The new �27m Mary Rose Museum opens 31 May
The new �27m Mary Rose Museum opens 31 May

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A FAREHAM firm has been called on to value the Mary Rose’s new home.

Hughes Ellard, based at the Cams Hall estate, was asked to value the new Mary Rose Museum, which is due to be opened on May 31.

The Charities Act states that every property a charity such as the Mary Rose Trust owns has to be valued.

Roger Sherliker, head of valuation, was asked to complete the task.

He said: ‘Never in my wildest dreams did I anticipate being involved professionally for this most enduring of British warship stories, which has captured the public’s imagination.

‘Given the nature of the subject, the valuation was an unusual one, not least because Mary Rose sits on a Grade 1-listed dry-dock, with one floor below ground level, one at ground level and one at the roof level of the new museum.

‘We are obliged by commercial confidence not to disclose valuation details – suffice to say it is not a king’s ransom.’

The building work on the museum was carried out by Portsmouth firm Warings, following the allocation of a £23m grant from the Heritage Lottery as well as money raised locally by the trust.

The Mary Rose suddenly sank in The Solent in July 1545 while attacking French galleys.

No more than 35 men out of over 500 survived, as many were trapped by anti-boarding netting.

Discovered in 1971, the ship’s hull was raised in 1982 in what was and still is the world’s largest underwater excavation of its kind.

Since then, three decades of intricate conservation and preserving sprays have ensured Henry VIII’s flagship is kept for posterity, along with more than 19,000 well-preserved artefacts on board when she sank.