Portsmouths Mary Rose To Receive 327652 From Third Round Of The Governments Culture Recovery Fund - The Directory Group

Portsmouth’s Mary Rose to receive £327,652 from third round of the Government’s Culture Recover


●     The Mary Rose Trust is among 925 recipients to benefit from the latest round of awards from the Culture Recovery Fund


●     This award will help the Mary Rose continue to recover following the coronavirus pandemic


More than £100 million has been awarded to hundreds of cultural organisations across the country including Portsmouth’s Mary Rose in the latest round of support from the Culture Recovery Fund, the Culture Secretary announced today.


The Mary Rose in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard has been awarded a grant of £327,652 to help meet the costs of ensuring the ship and collection remain on public display.  It will underpin the continued opening of the Museum and will enable the Trust to properly commemorate the 40th anniversary of the raising of the Mary Rose in 2022 – a significant milestone in her story.






The third round of funding will support organisations from all corners of the sector as they deal with ongoing reopening challenges, ensuring they can thrive in better times ahead.


Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries said:


“Culture is for everyone and should therefore be accessible to everyone, no matter who they are and where they’re from.

“Through unprecedented government financial support, the Culture Recovery Fund is supporting arts and cultural organisations so they can continue to bring culture to communities the length and breadth of the country, supporting jobs, boosting local economies and inspiring people.”


Over £1.2 billion has already been awarded from the unprecedented Culture Recovery Fund, supporting around 5000 individual organisations and sites across the country ranging from local museums to West End theatres, grassroots music venues to festivals, and organisations in the cultural and heritage supply-chains.


Dominic Jones, Chief Executive of the Mary Rose Trust, said:


We are incredibly grateful for the support through the latest round of Culture Recovery Fund.  It will help us carry on our vital work and ensure we can continue to welcome visitors to our world-class experience here in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.  Everyone has been affected by the pandemic but we are enormously grateful for the Government’s support for the arts and cultural sector.  Without this support over the last 18 months we couldn’t have survived.  We can look forward in a positive way to continuing our recovery and to celebrating the 40th anniversary of the raising of the Mary Rose in 2022, which is a significant milestone in our history “. 


Darren Henley, Chief Executive, Arts Council England, said:


“This continued investment from the Government on an unprecedented scale means our theatres, galleries, music venues, museums and arts centres can carry on playing their part in bringing visitors back to our high streets, helping to drive economic growth, boosting community pride and promoting good health. It’s a massive vote of confidence in the role our cultural organisations play in helping us all to lead happier lives”.





Notes to Editors

For further information please contact Sally Tyrrell, s.tyrrell@maryrose.org, Phone Number: 07751360458

The Mary Rose, King Henry VIII’s favourite ship, sank in battle in 1545 and was raised from the Solent in 1982 along with 19,000 Tudor artefacts.  The Mary Rose Trust is an independent charity and receives no regular government or public funding.  Its purpose is to care for and share to as wide an audience as possible the stories of the Mary Rose and her crew, told through thousands of personal and professional artefacts.  The ship and collection are housed in the purpose-built, award-winning museum in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard and gives an unparalleled insight into everyday life in Tudor times at all levels of society.  Over 10 million visitors have been welcomed since the ship was raised in 1982.  Refreshed in 2016 the Museum gives visitors the opportunity to breathe the same air as the ship herself and to see the crew brought to life.

Further information is available on www.maryrose.org


Arts Council England is the national development agency for creativity and culture. We have set out our strategic vision in Let’s Create that by 2030 we want England to be a country in which the creativity of each of us is valued and given the chance to flourish and where everyone of us has access to a remarkable range of high quality cultural experiences. We invest public money from Government and The National Lottery to help support the sector and to deliver this vision. www.artscouncil.org.uk.  


Following the Covid-19 crisis, the Arts Council developed a £160 million Emergency Response Package, with nearly 90% coming from the National Lottery, for organisations and individuals needing support. We are also one of the bodies administering the Government’s unprecedented Culture Recovery Funds. Find out more at www.artscouncil.org.uk/covid19.  


The Mary Rose Museum. Image credit Hufton + Crow

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