Mary Rose Museum welcomes 250,000th visitor

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IT IS a huge landmark for what has been an amazing few months at the Mary Rose Museum.

This lunchtime the museum welcomed its 250,000th visitor after opening just 18 weeks ago, on May 31.

WELCOME Mary Rose Museum Head of Operations Paul Griffiths welcomes 250,000 visitor Mavis Roberts. Kingsley Roberts and Museum volunteer Barry Reah as Henry 8th.

WELCOME Mary Rose Museum Head of Operations Paul Griffiths welcomes 250,000 visitor Mavis Roberts. Kingsley Roberts and Museum volunteer Barry Reah as Henry 8th.

Mavis and Kingsley Roberts, from Bishop-Stortford, in Hertford, were the lucky pair. They were warmly welcomed by staff who weren’t expecting to see the quarter of a million visitor till Christmas.

Mavis and Kingsley were given a bottle of wine to mark the occasion.

Mavis said: ‘We were very surprised to find out that my ticket was the 250,000th.

‘My husband and I came down to Portsmouth for the day as a birthday present for him. Our daughter had visited the museum and loved it so bought us a ticket so we could come ourselves.’

After seeing the museum, Kingsley said it was very moving how the different artefacts were laid out. He said: ‘Seeing the crew members with their artefacts was very clever and very moving.

‘The whole museum was as good as any other museum I have been to and you can see all the hard work that went into it.’