Showpiece attraction could win a top gong

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THE Mary Rose Museum could be named the best in the country following a visit by Art Fund judges.

The attraction is one of six museums in the running for the Art Fund Prize for Museum of the Year.

Art Fund director Stephen Deuchar said he was impressed with the museum.

Dr Deuchar said: ‘In terms of interpretation and the conservation story it’s completely mind-boggling.

‘We’re still coming to terms with the enormity of it all. It’s a hugely impressive museum, there’s no doubt about that.’

Mary Rose Trust chief executive Read Admiral John Lippiett said he was thrilled the attraction could be named the UK’s best.

‘This is the Oscars of museums, so we’re really pleased.

‘We’re very proud of what we’ve delivered here – we’ve got a great thing going so let’s hope the judges think so too.’

Among the other judges are Wim Pijbes, director of the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam and Anna Cocks, chief executive of The Art Newspaper and artist Michael Craig-Martin.

The museum opened last year and will welcome its 500,000 visitor next week.

The award winner will be announced on July 9.