The National Museum of the Royal Navy, takes seriously its responsibility to support the local communities that are home to its four museum locations. The current situation has affected every one across the UK. In extraordinary times like these the British have always gallantly come together taking action to support each other and our allies wherever needed. With the United Kingdom always in the top 10 of the most generous countries in the world, the population’s generosity has benefitted both communities abroad and at home.
While the sites of The National Museums of the Royal Navy across the country are currently closed to the public, the teams of the museums are still working hard maintaining the collections daily. The preservation and guardianship of the precious collection of Royal Naval history for future generations always at the fore front of their mind.
As the effects of the Covid 19 outbreak become more apparent, the teams at each National Museum site have been engaging with their local communities to see how they can contribute to the efforts to slow down the spread of the virus and protect the NHS.
The National Museum of the Royal Navy, Hartlepool has offered their support to the community organisation the Poolie Time Exchange, who have been making care packages and preparing hot meals and delivering them to elderly and vulnerable members of the community. The museum have supported these efforts by donating food supplies to the exchange, this much needed service is offered free of charge so rely heavily on donations and volunteers. Poolie Time Exchange is one of the most active of the groups providing these much needed services in the North East town of Hartlepool.
The Fleet Air Arm Museum in Yeovilton has collaborated with South Somerset District Council to gather supplies for the Yeovil branch of the NHS Trust. The team at The Fleet Air Arm Museum donated much needed protective equipment including hand sanitisers, gloves and disposable face masks through the South Somerset District Council who coordinated the county’s efforts and delivered the essential supplies directly to the Trust.
The National Museum of the Royal Navy, Portsmouth which comprises The Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, Gosport based Explosion museum and Submarines museum, also donated essential protective equipment to the hard working staff of Queen Alexander Hospital in Cosham, Portsmouth.
Although we are still in the midst of the Covid 19 crisis, all the members of the National Museum of the Royal Navy would like to take the opportunity to thank the workers who are providing essential services and the healthcare workers who are on the frontline, for their generous efforts and dedication.