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The Mary Rose Museum, one of the UK’s foremost historical destinations dedicated to one of the greatest discoveries in recent history, has been nominated for multiple awards in recognition of its place as one of the leading museums in the UK.

The Museum, based in the iconic Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, was runner up in the Large Visitor Attraction category in yesterday’s Visit England Awards for Excellence.

The Museum was up against The Roman Baths & Pump Room, Bath, and Waddesdon Manor in Buckinghamshire. With a history stretching back over 27 years, the Visit England Awards for Excellence are firmly established as representing the highest accolade in English tourism.

The annual awards recognise businesses that demonstrate excellence in customer service as well as celebrating the very best in quality and innovation. The ceremony took place at Palm Court in the The Waldorf Hilton, London.

Additionally, the Museum has been shortlisted in three categories at the Museums + Heritage Awards for Innovation, Marketing and Permanent Exhibition. These focus on the Mary Rose Museum’s multimillion-pound relaunch in July 2016, entitled ‘Mary Rose Revealed’.

The Museum unveiled Henry VIII’s favourite warship in a new-look setting that now offers stunning panoramic views of the ship from all nine galleries through floor-to-ceiling glazing on the lower and main decks.

Visitors are able to breathe the same air as the Mary Rose on the Upper Deck, as they are separated from the ship only by a glass balcony. Also introduced were stunning film projections of the crew going about their everyday work in peacetime and wartime, bringing the Mary Rose back to life.

Across these three categories the Mary Rose Museum will be up against other leading UK museums and galleries such as the Historic Royal Palaces, Durham Cathedral, The Courthauld Gallery, and the Imperial War Museum.

Finally, the Mary Rose Museum has been shortlisted in this year’s World Travel Awards. Nominated in the category for Europe’s Leading Tourist Attraction, the museum is up against world renowned sites including La Sagrada Familia in Spain, The Eiffel Tower in France, and The Roman Colosseum in Italy.

The World Travel Awards serve to acknowledge, reward, and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the global travel and tourism industry and the winners are announced at a ceremony in St Petersburg on 30th September 2017.

Helen Bonser-Wilton, Chief Executive Officer of the Mary Rose Trust, said: “We are delighted that the Mary Rose Museum has been nominated for so many awards.

“These nominations are testament to 36 years of passion and commitment from our staff and volunteers, as well as the unique insight into Tudor life that the Mary Rose Museum presents. The new look Museum is receiving fantastic reviews from our visitors and is a must see British icon.”

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