Donate £1 and help save years of Mary Rose history

ALMOST THERE John Lippiett, Chief Executive of the Mary Rose Trust, at the museum. ''Picture: Paul Jacobs (120180-5)
ALMOST THERE John Lippiett, Chief Executive of the Mary Rose Trust, at the museum. ''Picture: Paul Jacobs (120180-5)
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THEY say a little goes a long way, and fundraisers behind the Mary Rose conservation are hoping those words prove true.

Today, the Mary Rose Trust launched its final push to find the last £35,000 it needs to complete the new museum project at Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard.

And the plan hinges on getting people to donate as little as £1 on a donation website set up especially for the trust.

The project has already got 99.9 per cent of the £35m it needs to complete the heritage project, which has seen the construction of a new museum for the historic ship.

Now the trust needs the generosity of the public to get over the finish line.

Alan Lovell, the chairman of the Mary Rose Appeal Committee, said: ‘This final phase of fundraising provides a chance for members of the public to become part of the proud group who can visit the new museum and say “I helped build that”.

‘The opening of the new Mary Rose Museum marks a new and exciting chapter in the ship’s history, providing a beautiful and secure environment for the finest collection of 16th century artefacts in the world.

‘Once open, it is hoped the museum will become recognised as a centre of excellence for maritime archaeology and conservation.’

The new donation website allows people to give any amount of money, from as little as £1, to help the project.

The Mary Rose Trust says the museum is the most significant development to take place in the historic dockyard in a decade.

It will be the first time the public can see the hull with its preserving sprays switched off.

The museum will open in the late spring of this year, marking 30 years since the Mary Rose was raised from the seabed.

Many recovered artefacts will be able to go on display for the first time.

Lincoln Clarke, the chief executive of the historic dockyard, added: ‘Portsmouth Historic Dockyard is a leading attraction on the south coast and the new museum is at the forefront of plans to improve the site as a large, internationally-renowned visitor attraction.’

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