City unites to mark Wilberforce’s important legacy

William Wilberforce will be artistically lit for the first time as the city unites to celebrate the 210th anniversary of passing of the Slave Trade Act 1807 (25 March).

Hull City Council, Hull University and the William Wilberforce Monument Fund will come together to celebrate one of the city’s most renowned sons William Wilberforce.

Following the launch of the University’s Virtual William (pr attached), a congregation will visit Queen’s Gardens this Thursday evening where the Freedom Chorus will serenade the lighting of the Wilberforce Monument as streetlights and Hull College lights are dimmed.

As a key component in the council’s £25m transformation of the city centre, Wilberforce will be the first monument to be lit as part of the council and art lighting specialist Nayan Kulkarni’s ‘Sculptures in the Sky’ project.

The scheme, together with sister project ‘the Golden Hour’, will shine a brand new light on some of the city’s most recognisable sculptures and buildings, as well as offering the opportunity  for countless lighting displays to coincide with special events and significant dates.