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THE Mary Rose Museum has been named one of the best visitor attractions in the UK.

The museum, at Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard, won a ‘best permanent exhibition’ and a ‘best restoration/conservation’ award at an annual awards night run by the Museums and Heritage group.

Mary Rose Trust board members were at the ceremony in London and received the gongs from television personality Sue Perkins.

Museum chief executive John Lippiett said he was delighted with the awards.

He said: ‘They are a fitting tribute to everyone involved in the project from those very early days until now.

‘To have the work of our dedicated conservation and collections team be recognised in this way is enormously pleasing, reflecting their remarkable achievements.

‘And for the new museum to receive the best permanent exhibition award is the icing on the cake after many years of planning and hard work.

‘I am enormously proud of the team and of everything that has been achieved.’