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By Staff Reporter

HMS Caroline has been tipped as favourite to win the prestigious Art Fund Museum of the Year Award.

Bookmaker Sean Graham has given the recently restored Belfast-based ship, which saw service in the First World War, odds of 4-7 in the hotly-contested competition.

The city dock attraction joins four other high-profile venues in the running for the accolade, going up against Nottingham Contemporary, which has been given odds of 2-1, St Fagan's National Museum of History in Cardiff (4-1), V&A Dundee and the Pitt-Rivers Museum, Oxford, (both ranked at 6-1).

The winning entrant, announced at a ceremony held in the Science Museum in London this evening, will receive £100,000. The runners-up will each receive £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, 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.

HMS Caroline, which has been situated in Belfast for the past 90 years, is located at Alexandra Dock.

HMS Caroline staff member Rudy Wallace holds up the odds sheet for the Art Fund Museum of the Year contest
HMS Caroline staff member Rudy Wallace holds up the odds sheet for the Art Fund Museum of the Year contest

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