Much of HMS Caroline is undergoing extensive restoration to her 1916 appearance at the Battle of Jutland. From June 2016, visitors will discover a range of historic spaces including the Captain’s Cabin, Royal Marines Mess, and Seamen’s Wash as well as the very important engine room, sick-bay and galley kitchen. Visitors will explore the importance of the Battle of Jutland and discover what life at sea was like for over three hundred crew who served on board Caroline during 1916.
The HMS Caroline Experience
Visitors will be able to explore HMS Caroline and discover an astonishing survivor of World War One that has been in continuous service for over 100 years, many of which were served in Belfast, her home for 90 years.
The visitor experience extends across 3 decks and draws together a mixture of historic restoration, state of the art special effects and hands-on interactive exhibits to bring different eras of Caroline’s colourful history to life.
HMS Caroline In Belfast
In the 1920s HMS Caroline was converted into the floating headquarters for the Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve in Belfast. Members of the Reserve were able to specialise in many different roles, including Signalman and Wireless Telegraphist. Today, the ‘Signal School’ is a contemporary space which will house hands-on multi-media exhibits where visitors will be able to try their hand at world war one communication methods like signal lanterns, signal flags and Morse code. Communication at sea during the Battle of the Atlantic will be explored and brought up to date with innovative displays and interactive exhibits.
In the Torpedo School, visitors will explore the role of naval weaponry then and now with a range of hands-on tactile displays and activities involving a replicated equipment, models and interactive displays. Visitors will be able to design their own “Dazzle” paint scheme for their ship, explore the insides of a torpedo and learn about the various roles of crew when in Battle.
HMS Caroline Virtual Access Suite
HMS Caroline’s virtual access suite will be a comfortable, contemporary space where all visitors, including those unable to visit the lower decks can explore the ship. A variety of virtual techniques will be available for visitors to access hard to reach parts of the ship, such as remote cameras and augmented reality interactives as well as multi-sensory, tactile models and displays.
Visitors will also be able to investigate the events leading up to the Battle of Jutland and consider the point of view of the German and British Naval Forces – both of whom claimed victory after the battle.