HMS Caroline facing ‘dire situation’ due to coronavirus lockdown

Belfast-based HMS Caroline has been placed in a “dire” situation” by the coronavirus crisis and the resulting loss of revenue, the National Museum of the Royal Navy (NMRN) has warned.

Friday, 29th May 2020, 4:32 pm
HMS Caroline in Belfast

Due to the countrywide shutdown, the 1916 Battle of Jutland survivor will mark its fourth anniversary since a £15 million refurbishment closed it to much-needed visitors.

While many of the UK’s national museums receive up to 80% funding from central government, the attractions operated by the NMRN are allocated only 19% with the remainder self-generated.

Dominic Tweddle, the NMRN’s general director, said: “Currently 91% of the staff at HMS Caroline have been asked to take furlough leave, something that has been critical in helping us manage our financial position.

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HMS Caroline in Belfast

“Many will have seen in the media the dire situation facing museums up and down the country but perhaps don’t realise that a National Museum such as ours, faces those same challenges.”

HMS Caroline was a finalist of the 2019 Art Fund Museum of the Year.

Mr Tweddle added: “We have reached out to departments across the Navy, Ministry of Defence and Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and have had great messages of support – but nevertheless the situation still remains precarious.”

The NMRN has appealed for anyone who wishes to support its attractions to donate at www,