World-famous Cutty Sark will be re-opened by the Queen
PUBLISHED: 13:15 13 April 2012
It took six years and is one of the most complex conservation projects ever undertaken on an historic ship, but the Cutty Sark will reopen later this month following a devastating fire in May, 2007.
Her Majesty the Queen, accompanied by His Royal Highness, The Duke of Edinburgh, will reopen the world’s last surviving tea clipper on Wednesday, April 25.
It has also been announced today (April 13) that the Trustees of Cutty Sark and the Trustees of Royal Museums Greenwich will come under the operational management of Royal Museums Greenwich.
Lord Sterling, Chairman of both Royal Museums Greenwich and the Cutty Sark Trust, said: “Cutty Sark holds a unique place in the heart for the people of Greenwich, Great Britain and the rest of the world.
“We are indebted to those members of the public, from all over the world, who have generously contributed to the preservation of this much loved national treasure.”
The Cutty Sark has undergone an extensive conservation project, with major support of £25million from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
The project has rescued the Cutty Sark by preventing her collapse, whilst preserving as much of the ship’s original fabric from her period as possible.
The ship’s weather deck and rigging have been painstakingly restored to their original specification, with 11 miles of rigging supporting the masts.
Below deck, visitors can explore the Cutty Sark’s rich and varied history through new interactive exhibitions.
Richard Doughty, Director of the Cutty Sark Trust, said: “We have been privileged to be involved in considering Cutty Sark and restoring her to her key position in the Greenwich World Heritage Site.”
The renovation also provides younger generations to come with a new way to engage with the ship and explore her history.
Public will be able to view the maritime treasure the following day, April 26.
For more information and to buy tickets, visit www.rmg.co.uk/cuttysark.