Project Description

Mary Rose Museum

The Mary Rose Museum is a permanent gallery located in Portsmouth displaying all the remains of the Mary Rose Tudor ship which after 34 years of service sank in 1545; the ship was discovered in 1971 and was raised in 1982. Today the hull of the salvaged ship sits centre stage in a working naval base’s dry dock.  It is part of the Mary Rose Museum which houses 19,000 objects all salvaged from the ship itself or the seabed.

DHA Designs were appointed to undertake the museum, interior, exterior lighting and the re-display of the hull itself.  The complexity of the architecture and the fragility of the 19,000 objects displayed made this a challenging project.

DHA called upon Architainment to specify eW Cove QLX Powercore which is now positioned on the upper most deck of the context gallery, lighting up the curved wall of the building in a cool white light.  The Context Gallery mirrors the hull to place objects appropriate to their original location.

The project achieved winners’ status at the Lighting Design Award in the Public Building category.  The judges said; “we thought this light scheme was fantastic.  The design made the best use of light and shadow to illuminate the artefacts.”



CLIENT > Mary Rose Trust