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Service remembers Mary Rose victims

A wreath has been laid at the spot where the Tudor warship, the Mary Rose, sank nearly 500 years ago.

380 soldiers and crew lost their lives as the ship sank in front of Henry VIII, fighting the French in the Battle of the Solent in 1545.

The Last Post is played during the service Credit: ITV News/Ben Chapman

The wreck was raised in 1982 and will go on display in a new museum in Portsmouth, to be unveiled later today.

In a ceremony at the wreck site, The Last Post was played to commemorate the loss of life. It forms part of a day of events to mark the opening of the new museum.

A wreath has been laid at the spot where the Mary Rose sank in 1545 Credit: ITV News/Ben Chapman

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Museum 'designed by the curvature of the ship'

Chief executive of the Mary Rose Trust, John Lippiett said the layout of the new Mary Rose Museum was designed in the shape of a ship, with many artefacts laid out in a mirror image allowing visitors to experience how it would have felt to be onboard.

The whole of the museum is designed by the curvature of the ship.

The concept is to put the objects back into the ship.

We have built the mirror image half of the ship.

This is a state-of-the-art museum which is at a very top level of any museum I know.

– John Lippiett, Chief executive of the Mary Rose Trust
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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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