Striking naval objects have taken up residence in Hartlepool in a prelude to an exciting new chapter for the town.
The National Museum of the Royal Navy (NMRN) has committed to creating a Museum for the North at Hartlepool’s Maritime Experience.
Once it’s complete, the NMRN’s Museum for the North will draw visitors from far and wide and will be a massive boost for the town and its economy
It will take over the site from Hartlepool Council in April next year.
But in a small taster of what’s to come, two large bright orange British Mark 17 sea mines and a large naval gun have been transferred from the NMRN in Portsmouth to Hartlepool’s Maritime Experience.
The naval pieces now stand guard at the front of the complex.
But that’s just the start for the town with many more exhibits expected to come.
Over the coming years, the NMRN will invest heavily in the site, which will feature a range of items from its world-class collection.
It is estimated that the new development will attract an extra 140,000 visitors to the town every year.
Coun Stephen Akers-Belcher, the vice chairman of the Council’s Regeneration Services Policy Committee, said: “Once it’s complete, the NMRN’s Museum for the North will draw visitors from far and wide and will be a massive boost for the town and its economy.
“We are absolutely delighted to be working in partnership with the NMRN to make this project a reality – it forms part of the Hartlepool Vision which is laying the foundations for future prosperity and jobs for the town.
“Hartlepool, with its strong maritime links, will be very proud to play its part in preserving and celebrating Britain’s amazing Royal Navy heritage.”
Back in January this year, the Hartlepool Mail revealed how talks were under way which could lead to NMRN joining forces with the Hartlepool’s Maritime Experience.
The National Museum already has a stronghold in Hartlepool.
In June last year, HMS Trincomalee became a full subsidiary of the NMRN, giving her the same national standing as HMS Victory.