Mary Rose Museum in line for recognition

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THE new venue displaying the preserved remains of Henry VIII’s sunken flagship the Mary Rose will compete for the UK’s top museum award.

The museum, at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, has made the short list of six institutions competing for the annual £100,000 Art Fund Prize for Museum Of The Year.

The Mary Rose Museum which opened in May 2013, displays the starboard section of the ship which spent 400 years on the bed of the Solent, and reunites it with the crew’s possessions and other artefacts.

The hull had been undergoing round-the-clock conservation work since it was salvaged more than 30 years earlier.

London’s Hayward Gallery, the Tate Britain, the redeveloped Ditchling Museum of Art and Craft, the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts in Norwich and the Yorkshire Sculpture Park in Wakefield complete the list of nominees.

The award was won last year by the William Morris Gallery in Walthamstow, London.

The winner is to be announced at a ceremony in London on July 9.