Cutty Sark undergoes £25 million makeover
By Ayshea Buksh
Work has begun on The Cutty Sark in Greenwich to protect it from the ravages of time. After two years the vessel will be suspended above a futuristic glass bubble allowing people to walk underneath the famous ship.
Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, Tessa Jowell said:"The Cutty Sark is a special part of our history. I am very pleased that important conservation work will soon be in full swing thanks to the Heritage Lottery Fund’s generous grant. This is exactly the sort of project that the National Lottery was designed to support."
A sophisticated glass apron will meet the ship at the waterline and give year round protection to visitors in the dry berth and to the lower hull itself. Lifts in the dry berth and in the ship itself will allow everyone on board and onto each deck.
Next month, the Cutty Sark Trust will be in nearby Cutty Sark Gardens, providing information about the project.
Richard Doughty, Project Director and Chief Executive of the Cutty Sark Trust said: "This project is going to be one of the most dramatic re-presentations of an international icon ever attempted. Our purpose quite simply is to secure the future of the ship and to give visitors a truly awe-inspiring experience."
From Easter 2007, there will be a pavilion next to the ship where visitors will be able to learn about the Trust’s conservation techniques and see the work in action. In return for a donation they will be able to help the conservation program continue and be given the gift of a pinch of sea salt. This is symbolic of literally taking away the substance that has a corrosive impact on the ship.
For the first time ever there will be full disabled access to the Master's Saloon, which will have been lifted from the ship and brought under the pavilion.
Hard Hat tours around the site with experts will be available at the charge of £8 and can be booked on www.cuttysark.org.uk.
It's hoped the entire ship will be open to the public from Autumn 2008.
Want To Work On The Cutty Sark?
The Cutty Sark Trust is offering a one off apprenticeship for young people in Greenwich and Lewisham funded by the Sir William Boreman Foundation. The charity needs one young person living in either borough aged between 18 and 25 to take up the two-year training program attached to the Cutty Sark conservation project.
According to the Trust, the skills learned over the next two years could be applied to conservation work with historic buildings, commercial construction and could help kick start a career in the merchant marine.
The apprenticeship would include a number of recognized qualifications within the overall scheme.
They are looking for an enthusiastic, adaptable individual who is a good team player and ready to learn. Academic qualifications are not critical – a positive approach is.
Interested individuals should send their CV and a covering letter to Julia Parker at 2 Greenwich Church Street, London SE10 9BG.
last updated: 10/04/2008 at 12:31