Mary Rose Museum

by Wilkinson Eyre Architects

A building to provide a permanent home for the hull of the Mary Rose and the display of many thousands of the ships’ objects.

The design and construction of the building was informed by the need for the hull to remain in place, undergoing conservation, through out the project. In addition, the dry dock housing the hull is itself a Scheduled Ancient Monument. The project therefore called for an extraordinarily sensitive and considered approach.

The client, the Mary Rose Trust, and design team worked extremely closely throughout the project. The conservation requirements, site constraints, exhibition design and visitor experience required careful testing and close coordination to deliver the building.

Paul led the project team from mid 2007 developing the concept design to construction information in 2010. Construction took place in two stages, with a complex enabling stage preceding the main works. Since opening in the Spring of 2013 the museum has won numerous architectural and museum awards and been extremely popular with visitors.

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