THE Mary Rose Museum has been highly commended at the European Museum of the Year Award for leading the way in maritime archaeology.
The museum at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard was the only one in the UK to receive a special commendation and was second of five special commendations granted.
To be commended as one of five museums for the European Museum of the Year is one of the highest accolades we could achieve, and the Mary Rose is hugely grateful for this prestigious recognitionJohn Lippiett
A statement from the ceremony read: ‘The European Museum of the Year awarded the Mary Rose Museum for its beautifully designed building, which accommodates the restored warship, and its valuable educational and inclusive outreach programmes.
‘The nature of its conservation and scientific research makes the museum a leader in the world of maritime archaeology and a laboratory for the rescue of organic material from underwater sites.
‘The exceptional way in which it presents this to the public sets a new standard for museums of its kind.’
Rear Admiral John Lippiett, chief executive of the Mary Rose Trust said: ‘To be commended as one of five museums for the European Museum of the Year is one of the highest accolades we could achieve, and the Mary Rose is hugely grateful for this prestigious recognition.
‘I am aware of the enormous amount of effort that has gone into bringing the project to this stage.
‘Exploration for the wreck started 50 years ago, and the excavation laid down new standards of maritime archaeology.
‘The conservation of the ship and her 19,000 artefacts has been exceptionally demanding. All this effort has resulted in a stunning museum in the heart of Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, where the Mary Rose sits in a state-of-the-art museum some 20 yards from where she was built over 500 years ago.’