Mary Rose Museum was the only UK museum to receive ‘Special Commendation’ following the European Museum of the Year Award 2015 announcement
Following the announcement of the European Museum of the Year 2015, held 16th May 2015, the Mary Rose Museum, Portsmouth, UK received a special commendation and the only one for a UK museum. The Mary Rose Museum, Portsmouth regarded as one of the six best museums in Europe, was second out of five special commendations granted. Alongside the special commendations were the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands that won the European Museum of the Year Award 2015 with The Familistère at Guise, France and The International Red Cross & Red Crescent Museum, Geneva, Switzerland winning The Silletto Prize 2015 and The Kenneth Hudson Award 2015 respectively.
The Mary Rose Museum, opened on the 31 May 2013 at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, was the only UK museum to be commended. The European Museum of the Year 2015 awarded the Mary Rose Museum for its ‘beautifully designed building which accommodates the restored warship, and its valuable educational and inclusive outreach programmes. The nature of its conservation and scientific research makes the museum a leader in the world of maritime archaeology and a laboratory for the rescue of organic material from underwater sites. The exceptional way in which it presents this to the public sets a new standard for museums of its kind’.
Rear Admiral John Lippiett, Chief Executive Mary Rose Trust said, ‘To be commended as one of five museums for the European Museum of the Year 2015 is one of the highest accolades we could achieve, and the Mary Rose is hugely grateful for this prestigious recognition. I am aware of the enormous amount of effort that has gone in to bringing the project to this stage. Exploration for the wreck started 50 years ago, and the excavation laid down new standards of maritime archaeology. The conservation of the ship and her 19,000 artefacts has been exceptionally demanding. All this effort has resulted in a stunning museum in the heart of Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, where the Mary Rose sits in a state-of-the-art museum some 20 yards from where she was built over 500 years ago. Commended as the only UK Museum, the European Museum of the Year recognition will raise our profile yet higher and help us as we continue to develop the museum and add yet more artefacts.’
The European Museum of the Year Award (EMYA), organised by the European Museum Forum (EMF), was presented at the 2015 Award Ceremony hosted by the Riverside Museum in Glasgow. The award scheme celebrated 38 years and the gala ceremony this year was attended by over 200 people from 29 European countries.
For further details about the awards, 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.