The exciting new £27 million Mary Rose Museum opened its doors to visitors on Friday 31st May 2013. Located just metres from Nelson’s flagship, HMS Victory and the ships of the modern Royal Navy, the new museum provides one of the most significant insights into Tudor life and creates the new centrepiece to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. The Tudor ship that captured the world’s imagination when she was raised from the seabed in 1982 is the only sixteenth century warship on display anywhere in the world and the brand new purpose built museum built around her reunites her with many of her 19,000 artefacts and crew. To ensure the safety and security of visitors and staff, Fastlane Glasswing turnstiles were specified by Telepen Barcode Solutions, the project security integrator and supplier of the ticket validation system and occupancy software. The integration allows users to book and pay for tickets online, print a time allocated ticket and then access the museum without any staff intervention.
“We are delighted to have the involvement of Fastlane in the overall package which provides excellent ticket control and access to the new museum. The system has been working well since opening our doors to the public”. Robert Lapraik, Deputy Chief Executive.
The Glasswing units chosen to manage the entrance way for visitors replicate the original shape of the Mary Rose and the new facility built to house her whilst themselves housing the very highest specification detection and safety systems. “The extra low power consumption and low carbon footprint of the products fit well with the ethos and conservational nature of the historic dockyard.” Says Phil Allen UK Regional Sales Manager for IDL.
“We were pleased to work with Fastlane and the Trust to produce the ideal barrier specification. The Glasswing barriers and our access control system allow the Museum to maintain occupancy within desired levels.” Added Kevin Sontag of Telepen.