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INSIDE OUT HOME FOR MARY ROSE

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A team led by Wilkinson Eyre Architects has won the competition to design the new Mary Rose Museum in Portsmouth's historic dockyard.

The winning alliance, which includes Pringle Brandon and Land Design Studio, saw off entries from Austin Smith: Lord, Higgins Gardner & Partners and a joint bid by Wilford/Schupp/Dyson (AJ 28.4.05).

Masterminded by the Mary Rose Trust, the museum is set to become the permanent home of Henry VIII's favourite warship and is expected to open in 2011 to coincide with the 500th anniversary of the ship's first voyage.

Built between 1510 and 1511, the Mary Rose's wooden hull has required constant conservation since it was raised from the bed of the Solent more than 20 years ago.

The museum will display a collection of 19,000 objects raised from the wreck and there are proposals to enclose the dry dock on either side with educational, conservation and support spaces, as well as a shop, restaurant and café.

A trust spokesman said: 'This 'inside out' approach? cradles the hull at the centre of an arena that reunites the original artefacts with the ship by placing them in context within a virtual glass hull representing the missing section.

'Deck galleries run down the length of the ship in layers, corresponding to the original deck levels and lead into further gallery space at the end of the dry dock in Portsmouth, where the hull has lain since she was raised from the seabed in 1982.'

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