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Mary Rose museum to open

A new £27 million museum is to open tomorrow which will bring together the wreck of the Mary Rose with thousands of its artefacts for the first time since they were lifted from the seabed more than 30 years ago.

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Celebratory launch day ahead of Mary Rose opening

More than 60 million people watched as the hull section of the Mary Rose gunship was lifted to the surface on October 11 1982.

Tomorrow for the first time the wreck will be brought together with thousands of its artefacts, which until recently had been housed separately, in a new museum.

General view of the Mary Rose Museum which officially opens tomorrow Credit: Chris Ison/PA Wire

The museum includes a wide range of items from 500-year-old nits to longbows and the favourite of visitors, the skeleton of the ship's dog Hatch.

The Mary Rose Museum, Hampshire Credit: Chris Ison/PA Wire

The Mary Rose Museum is based at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, the same place where the ship was built in 1510.

A celebratory launch day, including a gun salute and a water cannon display, will be held today before the museum officially opens to the public tomorrow.

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