Mary Rose Tudor Ship Museum

The project is associated with the raising of the “Mary Rose” and its archaeological conservation within the historic precinct of the HM Royal Naval Dockyard at Portsmouth. Despite other projects, by this practice, and by a notable range of other consultants, regrettably this project remains to date the only realised building project in which the artefacts from the “Mary Rose” are displayed to the public. The project was a collaboration between Andris Berzins & Associates, as architects, and the Robin Wade Design Partnership, as exhibition and museum consultants. The works involved the repair, refurbishment and conversion of an ancient monument, a large timber boathouse which sits on piles over the waters of the harbour at the entrance to the dockyard and some 100 metres from the dry dock which holds the hull of the Tudor ship adjacent to HMS Victory. The design provided the usual facilities of visitor reception, ticketing, and audio-visual theatre, and a museum hall displaying an interpretive exhibition of the conserved finds from the wreck in an educational context describing the story of the “Mary Rose” and its significance to the history of the Royal Navy. The repair and restoration of the ancient heavy timbers of the boathouse structure – which involved working in the restricted tidal waters under the belly of the building – is a story in itself.

Location

  • Portsmouth

Gross Area

  • 1000 to 1999 sqm

Sectors

  • Conservation - Timber Framed Structures, Culture & Entertainment - Museums, Culture & Entertainment - Visitors' Centres'

Key Services

  • Conservation & Restoration, Exhibition Design, Full Architectural Service, Listed Building Advice, Planning Applications, Remedial Work

Awards

  • European Museum of the Year Award (Highly Commended)