CLARE AND THE TEAM GOING FOR IT!
02 December 2019
Curator Clare Hunt (picture) at The National Museum of the Royal Navy and her team are making good progress in preparing RML 497 for her future at the NMRN in Hartlepool. A conservation management plan will soon be unveiled, and in the meantime, much work is going on to support the construction of a new facility to display the Fairmile B Rescue Motor Launch – a rare survivor of the hundreds of warships like her that served in WWII in a wide range of roles, from gunboat to submarine chaser. In the new facility, 497’s full history will be told – along with the story of the Royal Navy, right up to the present day. Other ideas include a panorama of shipbuilding and engineering in the North-East – a world centre of ship construction during the industrial revolution, and beyond.
Rob is a TV producer, reporter and camera operator with 30 years’ experience at the BBC, Channel 4 and ITN, in news, factual and documentary production. He is a four times award winner, whose awards include a coveted Royal Television Society award for his work on Channel 4 News. His association with The Maritime Foundation goes back to 1995, when he won the first Desmond Wettern Maritime Media Award for a series of reports that led to a major documentary on the loss of the bulk carrier Derbyshire.
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