Mary Rose Museum

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Photography credit: © Luke Hayes Photography

Special Award

Michael Middleton Special Award

Level of Award

Special Award


South East

Local Authority Area



Information about this scheme

The Mary Rose Museum opened on 31st May 2013, marking thirty years since King Henry VIII’s favourite warship was raised from the bed of the Solent, where she lay undiscovered for 437 years. This new Museum, which reunites the Mary Rose with its contents and crew, has become the centrepiece of Portsmouth Historic Dock. Like crafting a jewellery box to house a precious gem, the design team has created a building and interior that protects and showcases the Mary Rose. Designed from the inside-out, the Museum building takes many of its cues from the historic ship, allowing its hull, artefacts and exhibitions to take centre stage and create a visitor experience befitting this remarkable piece of history. At the heart of the project, within a carefully controlled environment, is the starboard section of the hull of the ship. Alongside it, a virtual port-side hull and main ship hall have been created over three levels to view the ship and house the context gallery. Encasing the Mary Rose and the largest collection of Tudor artefacts in the world is an architectural form that alludes to the historic significance of the Museum’s collection and announces the arrival of a major new cultural attraction.



Wilkinson Eyre Architects with Pringle Brandon Perkins+Will Interior Architects


Wilkinson Eyre Architects


c/o Robert Lapraik

Inclusive Design Consultant

Centre for Accessible Environments

Interior Designer

Pringle Brandon Perkins + Will

Landscape Designer


Main Contractor



c/o Robert Lapraik

Project Manager

GVA Second London Wall

Quantity Surveyor

Davis Langdon

Services Engineer


Structural Engineer



ECE Architecture

Specialist Sub-Contractor

Hufton + Crow

Primary Use Class

Class D1e - Museums