MARY ROSE MUSEUM, PORTSMOUTH
Mary Rose Museum is a major tourist attraction at the Portsmouth dockyard. The complex was built to house Henry VIII’s flagship, the Mary Rose. The vessel sank during a battle with the French in 1545. Its wreck lay undisturbed on the seabed for more than 300 years. In 1982, it was recovered from the depths and moved to a dry dock. Over the decades since, the ship had to be continuously sprayed to prevent its timbers from drying out and shrinking. The naval relic went on display in 2013, along with it – 19,000 artifacts.
Most of the museum’s collection is housed in 22 museum display cases. These are equipped with fully integrated lighting, interactive audio/video installation and climate control. Climate control was the biggest challenge of the project. For the collection’s preservation, optimal climatic conditions had to be created. The temperature had to be within 18-20°c and the humidity -- between 50-55%. The manufacturer Reier designed and built an active climate control system to maintain the required temperature and humidity levels.
The showcases placed along the periphery of the museum do match the oval slopes of the building’s outline.