National Museum of Royal Navy statement on redundancy consultation

National Museum of Royal Navy statement on redundancy consultation

It is with deep regret that the National Museum of the Royal Navy (NMRN) is announcing that today we have started a consultation on proposed redundancies and restructuring.

We fully understand that this consultation continues a difficult period for our staff, many of whom have supported the Museum by taking furlough leave, returning to work under flexible furlough and working incredibly hard to re-open our sites in Portsmouth, Gosport, Yeovilton and Hartlepool. We also recognise that other staff have worked tirelessly whilst we have been closed to protect the ships, aircraft and collections that we care for on behalf of the nation.

Professor Dominic Tweddle, Director-General, National Museum of the Royal Navy, said

“The hard work and commitment of all staff, as well as the emergency financial support from the Royal Navy in 2020/21, has meant that we have been able to re-open and successfully welcome back visitors. The dedication and sheer bloody-mindedness of the staff team and key partners has also meant that despite being closed we have delivered a number of key projects, LCT 7074, the walkway under HMS Victory, the soon to be launched Diving Deep exhibition telling the tale of HMS Invincible and the partnership with the Mary Rose Trust. I am unbelievably proud of what has been achieved over these last 6 months and therefore unbelievably sad that this day has arrived.”

However, the hard reality is that 81% of the Museum’s income in any normal year is self-generated. The closure of our sites until late August meant we lost 60% of annual admissions income. Currently, ticket sales are just over 50% when compared to the same period last year, trading from our shops and cafes is significantly affected and the autumn / winter period would not generate sufficient income to recover lost ground even in a normal year.

Like many in the heritage and museum sector we anticipate that the recovery of visitor numbers will stretch well into 2022. It is clear, therefore, that we need to act swiftly and make changes now. The proposed changes reflect the financial realities of the new-normal and the changed visitor numbers. The changes also reflect the results of the museum-wide discussions that were undertaken prior to COVID-19 that were designed to reorganise ourselves so we could do more, do it better and respond to the impact that digital technologies and data are having on how we work.

The restructuring proposals include a reduction of 32 full time equivalents out of the full complement of 234, with 82 roles initially placed at risk of redundancy.  Other changes to terms and conditions are proposed; final decisions will be made once the consultation is complete.

Our overriding priorities at this incredibly difficult time are the wellbeing of our staff and ensuring that we are best placed to continue to attract over 1.8M visitors a year and showcase the ongoing impact of the Royal Navy on the nation’s history and its role on the global stage.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT
Email: helen.mckennaaspell@nmrn.org.uk

EDITORS NOTES

ABOUT THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF THE ROYAL NAVY

The National Museum of the Royal Navy, established in 2009, tells the story of the four fighting forces of the British Royal Navy, the Royal Marines, the Fleet Air Arm, the Submarine Service and the Surface Fleet.
The Museum Group includes the Royal Naval Museum, the Fleet Air Arm Museum, the Royal Navy Submarine Museum with HMS Alliance, Explosion! The Museum of Naval Firepower, the Royal Marines Museum, HMS Victory, HMS Caroline, HMS M33, HMS Warrior and NMRN Hartlepool, home to HMS Trincomalee.
From 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2019, the National Museum received 1,870,801 visits (2017-18: 1,334,540) to museum sites across the group, making the National Museum the 5th most visited ALVA (the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions) member outside London.

Further information is available on www.nmrn.org.uk

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