Belfast's HMS Caroline misses out on top museum award
HMS Caroline was narrowly pipped to the title of the prestigious Art Fund Museum of the Year Award.
The recently restored Belfast-based ship, which saw service in the First World War, was among the favourites for the hotly-contested competition.
HMS Caroline, the last floating survivor of the 1916 Battle of Jutland, is a five-star tourist attraction and museum which aims to give visitors a unique insight into naval history, maritime warfare and the story of the Irish sailor.
At the time of her decommissioning in 2011 she was the second-oldest ship in Royal Navy service. After scuppering plans to scrap the vessel, an ambitious £20m project to rescue, conserve and restore the ship was completed in 2018.
St Fagans National Museum was named the winner at the gala awards ceremony in the Science Museum in London on Wednesday evening.
Judges said they were impressed with how it "lives, breathes and embodies the culture and identity of Wales and by the way it's forged a new and meaningful model of community collaboration".
It receives £100,000 with runners-up each receiving £10,000 in recognition of their achievements.
The Art Fund prize aims to champion what museums do and encourage more people to experience what makes a truly outstanding museum.
HMS Caroline, which has been situated in Belfast for the past 90 years, is located at Alexandra Dock.
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