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Mary Rose on display at revamped museum

Mary Rose on display at revamped museum

Photo courtesy of Gareth Gardner

The Mary Rose Museum has re-opened following a six-month closure and a multi-million pound investment to give visitors panoramic views of Henry VIII’s warship.

The redevelopment gives visitors views of the ship from all nine galleries through floor-to-ceiling glazing on the lower and main decks. On the Upper Deck, visitors can breathe the same air as the ship for the first time in 23 years, with only a balcony between them and the hull.

The only 16th century warship on display in the world, the Mary Rose has been undergoing continuous conservation since she was raised in 1982. 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. This allows visitors to see the Mary Rose unobstructed for the first time in over 34 years.

The new-look museum also features a new CGI display of projected, reconstructed scenes from life on the ship, performed by museum staff. The scenes were created using information and artefacts uncovered during excavation.

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