The 2nd April 2014 was a day in which people involved in the Mary Rose project were recognised, both in its past and its present.
Firstly, we unveiled a bust of Alexander McKee, the man who started the project to rediscover the Mary Rose back in 1965. After a fundraising campaign by Henry Yelf, the bust was sculpted by Luke Shepherd and sits in the gallery named after McKee, opposite panels telling the story of the modern search and salvage of the Mary Rose. The unveiling was performed by McKee’s widow, Ilse, in front of an invited audience of donors and former divers.
On the same night, The Museum won the Building Awards 2014 ‘Project of the Year’. The award was presented to Bouygues UK, the contractors who built our new multi-award winning museum in the heart of Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.