FOLLOWING THE announcement from the Government on June 23, Royal Museums Greenwich have announced the reopening of Cutty Sark on July 20.
Royal Museums Greenwich aims to reopen its other sites (National Maritime Museum, Queen’s House and the Royal Observatory Greenwich) in a phased approach over the summer. The Museum will continue to monitor the situation closely and base its approach on advice received from the Government and Public Health England.
Launched in 1869 from Dumbarton, Scotland, Cutty Sark is the last-surviving tea clipper in the world, once carrying cargo ranging from the finest teas to gunpowder, and from whisky to buffalo horns. Cutty Sark made her name as the fastest ship of her era during her time in the wool trade, reaching the record-breaking speed of 17 ½ knots (20 mph/32kmph) between London and Sydney.
Some restrictions will initially be in place to ensure the safety of all visitors and staff to Cutty Sark. Tickets must be purchased in advance to ensure social distancing can be maintained on board. Pre-booked time slots ensure that visits are spread throughout the day and sites don’t exceed their capacity. A one-way system will be in place to ensure the story of the ship and her crew can be told in a safe way.
Protective screens in the ticket hall and gift shop will be installed. Sanitiser stations will also be available throughout Cutty Sark, although to ensure we meet safety guidelines, some interactives will not be accessible.
Initially café’s will not be open, but toilet facilities will be available to visitors, with enhanced cleaning regimes in line with government guidance.
Paddy Rodgers, Director, Royal Museums Greenwich, said ‘Royal Museums Greenwich are committed to ensuring the health and safety of all visitors and staff. We are delighted to be able to welcome visitors back to Cutty Sark from 20 July and look forward to our sites gradually reopening over the summer.’