The Mary Rose is delighted to have received £250,000 from The National Lottery Heritage
Fund to help it survive the financial peril caused by the COVID crisis.
The Museum closed in March 2020, leading to the loss of 84% of its annual income generated from visitors during April-August each year.
82% of staff were furloughed and costs cut wherever possible, but the costs of keeping the 500-year-old artefacts in the right environmental conditions 24/7, year-round are extremely high due to the need for specialist staff and complex systems and equipment.
Helen Bonser-Wilton, Chief Executive of the Mary Rose Trust said: “We are
exceptionally grateful to receive this renewed support to help cover the costs of caring for
Mary Rose during this crisis period. The National Lottery Heritage Fund is providing a much-needed lifeline to UK heritage organisations.”
She continues: “The Mary Rose reopened in August, offering joint tickets to Portsmouth
Historic Dockyard with the National Museum of the Royal Navy and we are delighted to
welcome our visitors again. Securing more support over the coming months is going to be
crucial to ensure that the Mary Rose can be enjoyed by future generations.”
The Lottery Heritage Fund has aimed to address both immediate emergency actions and help
organisations to start thinking about recovery.