Tribute to Margaret Rule with sculpture

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THE woman who commanded the excavation of the Mary Rose has officially been honoured with a portrait sculpture.

The sculpture of Margaret Rule, was unveiled in a ceremony at the museum in Portsmouth’s historic dockyard in front of a group of 100 guests.

Devon based sculptor Luke Shepherd was commissioned to produce the sculpture..

His clients have included Billy Connolly and Christopher Biggins.

Mr Shepherd said: ‘It’s not enough to create a likeness in a bust.

‘This work will last forever and has to embody the character and spirit of the person.

‘I have taken time to research and draw on my full 30 years experience of creating portrait bronzes.

‘The family is very pleased with the result.

‘It’s a celebration of the woman and her life’s mission to preserve the ship”.

‘Portrait sculpture is one of the most demanding of genres and a good bust is a very imposing art work and an important reminder of a person.

‘I am very pleased to enable the family and the nation to remember Margaret Rule and her mission to raise and preserve the Mary Rose, forever.’

The New Mary Rose Museum in Portsmouth opened in May 2013.

Just last year, it reached a significant landmark as it welcomed the 1 millionth visitor.

Staff at the museum also won the Customer Service award at The News’ Retail and Leisure awards.