The Mary Rose Museum is almost ready to reveal the extraordinary remains of Henry VIII’s 16th century warship in all her glory.
For the first time since she was raised from the Solent in 1982 visitors can now share the same space as the Mary Rose by entering the upper Deck through an air-locked chamber and then experienceing the full splendour and magnitude of the Mary Rose. This means that visitors will breathe the same air as the King’s favoured warship for the first time.
Helen Bonser-Wilton, Chief Executive of the Mary Rose Trust said: “We are delighted that our project works are almost complete and that visitors will be able to see stunning views of the Ship from all nine galleries from July 20. This is the culmination of decades of hard work by the Mary Rose team and we can’t wait to share the new experience with everyone.”
The Mary Rose is the only 16th century warship on display in the world and has been under-going continuous conservation since she was raised. The hull was first sprayed with a mist of fresh chilled water and then with a water soluble wax from 1994. In April 2013 the Mary Rose entered a stage of controlled air-drying. The hull has now reached a stable state within this drying process which allows the black drying ducts to be removed.
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To read more about the conservation read our case study on how the team have been Controlling the Environment for More than 30 Years and also read our case study on the Mary Rose as a pop up, touring museum to find out how the team have been spreading the word of the redevelopments since last summer.