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City's rich history in line for top award

The Mary Rose museum is so much more than one of the most important pieces of Tudor History - it's the creation of a brand new building that's generating as much attention as the ship itself.

The unique boat shaped black structure creates a striking silhouette in Portsmouth Dockyard - and has pushed the boundaries of 21st century architecture.

As a finalist in this year's RIBA awards it's received praise from around the world - an incredible home for one of the country's greatest treasures. Stacey Poole has been to meet those behind the design.

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Village museum joins Mary Rose in battle for art prize

A village museum in Sussex will compete with the new Mary Rose exhibition hall in Portsmouth, as well as Tate Britain, to be named the Museum of the Year.

The Ditchling Museum of Art and Craft reopened last September and could win an Art Fund prize worth £100,000.

The result will be announced on July 9 and we spoke to director Hilary Williams about the museum.

Mary Rose exhibition finalist of Museum of Year 2014

The Mary Rose Museum is one of six finalists for the competition Credit: Mary Rose museum

Portsmouth's new Mary Rose Museum is one of six national museums to make it to the final of a national museum competition.

The prestigious Art Fund Prize for the Museum of the Year 2014 recognises an exceptional standard of excellence and awards the winner a prize of £100,000 annually.

The museum houses unique finds from the historical flagship Credit: Mary Rose museum

The Historic Dockyard's nomination comes after the centre welcomed 415,000 visitors since opening.

The museum displays the starboard section of the ship that served Henry VIII for 34 years, before spending over 400 years under the Solent.

Following the painstaking archaeological excavation and recording of the exact location of every find, the project team have been able to recreate the interior of the Mary Rose, where the ship has been reunited with the possessions of the crew and all the material of a Tudor warship.

Visitors can relive the experience of those on the Mary Rose in the museum Credit: Luke Hayes

The six museums which have been selected as finalists for the Art Fund Prize for Museum of the Year are:

Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft, East Sussex; Hayward Gallery, London; The Mary Rose Museum, Portsmouth; Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich; Tate Britain, London; and Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield.

Visitors milestone for new museum

The new £27m museum housing the Mary Rose in Hampshire has welcomed its 250,000th visitor just 18 weeks after opening.

The centre, which brought the hull of the Tudor warship together with thousands of its artefacts for the first time, opened on 31st May 2013.

To achieve our 250,000th visitor in such a short time far exceeds all our expectations. We are thrilled both with the record numbers and with the overwhelming response, which reflects the excitement that the new exhibition is generating. Not only have we welcomed visitors from our immediate area and across the UK, but also a considerable number from right across the world."

– Rear Admiral John Lippiett, chief executive of The Mary Rose Trust

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250,000 visit the new Mary Rose museum

The new museum housing the Mary Rose has welcomed its 250,000th visitor just 18 weeks after opening.

The £27 million museum, which has the hull of the Tudor warship as well as thousands of other artefacts, opened on 31st May this year.

Rear Admiral John Lippiett, chief executive of The Mary Rose Trust said, "To achieve our 250,000th visitor in such a short space of time far exceeds all our expectations.

"Not only have we welcomed visitors from our immediate area and across the UK, but also a considerable number from right across the world."

The news comes three days before the museum marks the 31st anniversary of the raising of the Mary Rose, in October 1982.

Mary Rose is a star attraction

The new £35m museum is unveiled Credit: Meridian

The new home of Henry the Eighth's flagship has welcomed its 100,000th visitor. The Mary Rose Museum at Portsmouth's Historic Dockyard opened just eight weeks ago at the end of May.

It's reunited the famous hull - raised from the bottom of the Solent more than 30 years ago - with many of the 19,000 artefacts for the first time since they were recovered from the seabed.

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