Hull City Council has been successful in receiving initial support from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for the restoration of the Guildhall Greenwich Time Ball.
The first-round pass means the project has met HLF criteria for funding and has potential to deliver high-quality benefits and value for Lottery money.
Alongside this successful bid, the council has also been granted £47,000 from the National Lottery player development fund to help progress plans to apply for a full grant.
Garry Taylor, City Major Projects Manager said:
“This project could deliver much-needed investment and heritage-led restoration for one of the Hull’s most recognisable historic timepieces.
“The grant would not only restore the Time Ball to full working order, but also renovate the tower and provide good access and learning opportunities for residents.
“The project will prove a fitting contribution to the City Plan ambition to make Hull a world-class visitor destination by enhancing its unique heritage and culture.”
If successful, the project will not only involve a programme of physical restoration works, but will also develop a programme of activity and engagement, collecting memories, skills and knowledge from the current Clock Custodian through oral history and an appeal for public memories associated with the Guildhall Time Ball. An apprenticeship opportunity for a young person could also be created to learn the Clock Custodian’s role through shadowing & skill sharing.
The council will now begin to put together a second stage bid with an application planned for submission later this year.
To coincide with this news, the council have today published a decision record detailing the funding set aside to support this project through stage two and beyond if the bid is successful.