30th April 2019
Four years in the delivery, the restoration and interpretation of HMS Caroline in Belfast, is a fascinating visitor attraction that brings alive the story of a British light cruiser ship from the First World War. Completed in 2018 and already one of Belfast’s top tourist destinations, it has been nominated for the prestigious Art Fund Museum of the Year Award, the winner of which will be announced in July.
As the Royal Navy’s sole survivor from the Battle of Jutland, the largest sea battle of the First World War, HMS Caroline offers an extraordinary insight into naval history, maritime warfare and the story of the Irish sailor. After averting plans to scrap the ship, the National Museum of the Royal Navy appointed Artelia’s Heritage team to deliver an ambitious £20 million project for to rescue, conserve and restore HMS Caroline. The ship now offers an inclusive and accessible space; an innovative learning programme and an immersive introductory exhibition in the newly renovated Victorian pump house surrounding the ship, which brings HMS Caroline’s long history and 90-year presence in Belfast alive.