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Published: February 26, 2024

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard Wins “The News Excellence Award” for Visitor Attraction/Event of the Year

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard has been awarded Visitor Attraction of the Year in The News Excellence Awards. The prestigious award recognises the exceptional contribution of the Dockyard, which offers a world-class visitor experience and the chance to view iconic ships such as HMS Victory, HMS Warrior and the Mary Rose.

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, operated as a partnership between the Mary Rose Museum and the National Museum of the Royal Navy, is thrilled to announce that it has been honoured with “The News Excellence Award” in the category of Visitor Attraction/Event of the Year.

This prestigious award recognises the exceptional contributions of Portsmouth Historic Dockyard in offering a world-class visitor experience and celebrating the rich maritime heritage of the City, and of the United Kingdom as a whole.

Dominic Jones, CEO of the Mary Rose Museum, said,

“We are incredibly honoured to receive ‘The News Excellence Award’ for Visitor Attraction/Event of the Year. Portsmouth Historic Dockyard is an innovative joint venture between the Mary Rose Museum and the National Museum of the Royal Navy, and this award is a testament to the success of that partnership, to the dedication and hard work of our amazing team, and to the ongoing support of our visitors and partners. Portsmouth Historic Dockyard strives to provide a world-class immersive, inclusive, and educational experience that showcases the unique history and significance of the Royal Navy and maritime exploration.”

Matthew Sheldon, Interim Director General of the National Museum of the Royal Navy, added,

“Portsmouth Historic Dockyard plays a vital role in commemorating the Royal Navy’s illustrious history and inspiring future generations. This award recognises the substantial impact the Dockyard has made in 2023, from welcoming around 600,000 visitors to the site and hosting over 20,000 school children, to premiering internationally significant exhibits such as the Armada Maps and providing groundbreaking immersive experiences such as Mary Rose’s Dive 4D cinema.

“Dominic and I extend our heartfelt gratitude to “The News” and the esteemed panel of judges for this fantastic award. We would also jointly like to take this opportunity to congratulate the entire team on this well-deserved accolade and look forward to continuing our partnership in showcasing the naval heritage of our nation.”

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