Mary Rose Museum nominated for the European Museum of the Year Award 2015
The award winning Mary Rose Museum has been nominated for the European Museum of the Year Award 2015. This prestigious award was founded in 1977 under the auspices of the Council of Europe, with the aim of recognising excellence in the European museum scene and encouraging innovative processes. The museum, which opened on the 31 May 2013 at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard is one of 42 Europe wide nominees.
The European Museum of the Year Award judges came together on 21-22 November in Paris to determine the nominations for the European Museum of the Year Award 2015 (EMYA). The Judging Panel, chaired by Dr. Wim De Vos, received applications from 21 member countries of the Council of Europe. The announcement of the winners, and the formal Award Ceremony, will take place during the Annual Assembly of the European Museum Forum, from May 13 to May 16 2015 in Glasgow, United Kingdom.
Rear Admiral John Lippiett, Chief Executive Mary Rose Trust said, ‘We are very proud to be nominated for this international award. We will represent the museum sector alongside other UK nominees, the National Football Museum in Manchester and the Titanic Belfast. 2014 has been an exceptionally busy year for the Mary Rose and we have now welcomed almost three quarters of a million visitors to our museum since opening in May 2013. We already meet many who have travelled from across the world specifically to see the Mary Rose, and we hope this prestigious nomination will encourage further visitors from the European community and the UK to visit and experience Henry VIII’s favourite warship and its Tudor treasures.
For further details about the other nominees, please refer to the European Museum of the Year Award’s website: http://www.europeanmuseumforum.info/
The Mary Rose Museum demonstrates innovation and imagination in the presentation of a truly unique artefact and its associated objects. The museum displays the starboard section of the flagship that served Henry VIII for 34 years, before spending over 400 years under the Solent. The Mary Rose together with its remarkable and unique collection are housed in an elegant museum. The permanent exhibition engages visitors through the intensely personal nature of the objects and the stories they tell of the people on board, providing a rare insight into Tudor life.