The Mary Rose, one of the UK’s foremost historical destinations dedicated to one of the greatest discoveries in recent history, has been shortlisted for the 2018 European Museum of the Year.
The award, given by the European Museum Forum, focuses on museums that have opened or completed redevelopments in the past three years. The new-look Mary Rose reopened to the public in July 2016 after an extensive and innovative redesign. Henry VIII’s favourite warship can now be admired from nine galleries with an incredible collection of artefacts recovered from the site displayed in galleries across from the hull. Projections onto the ship show the crew at work, loading guns, the barber-surgeon in action and the cook at the galley oven. On the top deck visitors are separated from the ship by only a glass balcony.
The European Museum of the Year Award (EMYA) recognises excellence in the European museum sector and celebrates the influence and benefits significant institutions in the national and international museum field bring to society. In 2017, the award was won by the Museum of Ethnography in Geneva.
The shortlist for the 2018 awards comprises 40 institutions throughout Europe. The Mary Rose, The Design Museum and Science Museum are the three British museums in the running. Previous UK winners include the Riverside Museum in Glasgow (2013) and the National Railway Museum in York (2001).
Helen Bonser-Wilton, Chief Executive Officer of the Mary Rose Trust comments, ‘We are absolutely delighted to be shortlisted for the European Museum of the Year Award. The Mary Rose presents a captivating insight into everyday life on board Henry VIII’s favourite warship along with the dramatic story of her sinking and subsequent excavation and raising. The Museum is receiving fantastic reviews from our visitors and is a must see British icon.’
The winner of the award will be announced during the annual assembly of the European Museum Forum from 9 – 12 May 2018 in Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw, which won the award last year.
The Mary Rose has celebrated several award wins throughout 2017, most recently at The INSIDE Awards at the World Festival of Interiors and The Beautiful South Awards, as well as earlier on in the year at the VisitEngland awards. They started the year with nominations for the Museum + Heritage awards and the World Travel awards, with Helen Bonser-Wilton nominated for Director of the Year at the Venus Hampshire awards.