Hampshire's Mary Rose Museum in line for top UK award

The hull of the Mary Rose is at the heart of the new museum

The hull of the Mary Rose is at the heart of the new museum

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HAMPSHIRE'S new venue displaying the preserved remains of Henry VIII's sunken flagship the Mary Rose will compete with arts institutions such as the Hayward Gallery and Tate Britain for the UK's top museum award.

The Mary Rose Museum in Portsmouth opened in May 2013, displaying the starboard section of the ship which spent 400 years on the bed of the Solent, and reunites it with the crew's possessions and other artefacts.

The hull had been undergoing round-the clock conservation work since it was salvaged more than 30 years earlier, before being housed in the £35million museum.

Now it has made the shortlist of six institutions competing for the annual £100,000 Art Fund Prize For Museum Of The Year.

London's Hayward Gallery has been included for the quality and range of its exhibitions - including work by Jeremy Deller and Mark Leckey - while Tate Britain is featured for the reconstruction of several galleries and the revamp of its entrance and rotunda.

The redeveloped Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft, the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts in Norwich and the Yorkshire Sculpture Park in Wakefield complete the list of nominees.

The award - formerly known as the Gulbenkian Prize until 2007 - was won last year by the William Morris Gallery in Walthamstow, London.

Chairman of the judges Stephen Deuchar, a former director of Tate Britain, said: ''2013 was a strong year, by any standards, for UK museums and it was no easy task to select a shortlist of six from an extraordinary body of applications. It is almost as if imaginative and innovative curatorship, combined with the highest standards of presentation, is no longer the exception but the rule.''

The winner is to be announced at a ceremony at London's National Gallery on July 9.

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10:28pm Thu 24 Apr 14

mike coll says...

Well I have never visited the museum BUT in the early 70s when diving by hobbyists began on the site those in control were told by one of the U.Ks top pro divers that unless they changed the way their divers were operating then they would have a fatality, they did not change and a young female diver died.
I sincerely hope they have some sign of this needless loss of life as a memory to the lost young lady who died because of others stupidity.
Well I have never visited the museum BUT in the early 70s when diving by hobbyists began on the site those in control were told by one of the U.Ks top pro divers that unless they changed the way their divers were operating then they would have a fatality, they did not change and a young female diver died. I sincerely hope they have some sign of this needless loss of life as a memory to the lost young lady who died because of others stupidity. mike coll
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10:29pm Thu 24 Apr 14

03alpe01 says...

I wonder why no museum in Southampton was chosen...
I wonder why no museum in Southampton was chosen... 03alpe01
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