Two Mary Rose Trust members recognised in the
Queens 2014 New Year’s Honours
The Mary Rose Trust is celebrating two major achievements this week as Chief Executive, John Lippiett and Head of Collections, Mark Jones have been awarded a CBE and a MBE respectively in the Queens New Year’s Honours list.
Rear-Admiral John Lippiett, receives his CBE for services to British heritage. John has been involved with the Mary Rose Trust since 2003 and has devoted himself to ensuring the Mary Rose’s future. He has previously been awarded an MBE and CB during his long career in the Royal Navy.
John said, “I was absolutely thrilled to receive this award in the New Year’s Honours list, and particularly so as I see it as a recognition for the whole crew of the Mary Rose. From the very beginning of this great enterprise, countless hundreds have given so much to find, excavate, conserve, and exhibit the ship and her wonderful collection of artefacts.”
He added, “The creation of our new museum has been the latest chapter of the project and it certainly has had its many challenges, but the professionalism and dedication of all the staff and volunteers have ensured we have met success. I am honoured to have been the captain of such a crew for these last 11 years. Additionally, Professor Mark Jones’ 30 plus years of service at the Mary Rose Trust and his world-leading expertise in this specialised area of conservation has been recognised by the award of an MBE, making this honours list a wonderful end to an exciting year for the Mary Rose.”
Professor Mark Jones, Head of Collections for the Mary Rose Trust receives his MBE in recognition for services to the conservation of the Mary Rose. Mark became involved the year after the hull was raised in 1982. He has been wholly responsible for the preservation techniques applied to the hull and her artefacts, and works at the Trust headquarters in Portsmouth.
Mark said, “I am deeply honoured to have been awarded the MBE for services to archaeological conservation. Preserving the Mary Rose and her artefacts for future generations has been a fantastic team effort. I would like to pay tribute to all the conservators, scientists and engineers who have worked with me on this unique project.”
Both Rear Admiral Lippiett and Professor Jones will attend Buckingham Palace later in the year to receive their awards.