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Hull: Yorkshire’s Maritime City is a £27.4m Heritage Lottery Fund and Hull City Council funded project to celebrate Hull’s remarkable maritime history and secure Hull’s extensive maritime assets and collections. 

The initial HLF grant of £1.37m will develop the project further for a HLF Round 2 submission, due in May 2019, approval of which will release the full grant.

Building on its success as UK City of Culture 2017, this historic maritime city will reclaim, protect and share every element of its maritime past, present and future by developing three important sites: the Maritime Museum; the Dock Office Chambers and the North End Shipyard; and conserving two historic vessels, the Arctic Corsair and Spurn Lightship. 

Over the next six-years a programme of work and activities will be undertaken that will place our maritime heritage at the heart of our city offer forming part of the journey to make Hull as a world-class visitor destination.

Arctic Corsair

The Arctic Corsair is the sole survivor of Hull’s distant-water sidewinder trawler fleet. Work involving this vessel will include:

  • A full restoration
  • Increased opening hours
  • A range of skills and training opportunities
  • New interpretation and displays

North End Shipyard

The project will commemorate how this site once contributed to Hull’s status as a global maritime port by:

  • Creating an additional attraction near the Museums Quarter
  • Housing the Arctic Corsair in a permanent dry berth
  • Restoring the 20th century Scotch Derrick crane on site
  • Highlighting the significance of the Queen’s Gardens in the maritime story of Hull’s old town

The Spurn Lightship

The Spurn Lightship played a key role in Hull’s inland trade by guiding vessels as they navigated the Humber estuary. Project work will include:

  • A full restoration
  • New interpretation and displays
  • Increased opening hours

Hull Maritime Museum

Arguably one of the city’s most striking buildings, the museum brings the story of Hull’s maritime past to life. Investment in the site will involve:

  • Creating 390m2 of additional museum space
  • Allowing access to one of the building’s cupola’s with superb rooftop views
  • New displays which will tell Hull’s maritime story in unique and immersive ways
  • Improved educational and visitor facilities 

The collections  

Access to the Maritime Museum’s inspiring collections will be improved with better storage and display. As part of the project:

  • There will be a 50 per cent increase in the number of items available for public view
  • Collections will undergo extensive conservation and will be stored in a bespoke, regulated environment 

Get in touch

Hull City Council, Guildhall,
Hull, East Yorkshire,
HU1 2AA,

01482 613 089

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