As Yorkshire’s maritime city, Hull is now developing an extensive redevelopment of its significant historic maritime assets, building upon the legacy of its tenure as the UK City of Culture 2017 in support of its aspiration to create a world-class visitor destination.

The sites included within the project are: Hull Maritime Museum; Dock Office Chambers on Dock Office Row the North End Shipyard and two historic vessels, the Arctic Corsair and Spurn Lightship.

Over the last two years a project was developed and a funding bid submitted to the Heritage Lottery Fund. That project explores and celebrates Hull’s remarkable maritime history and heritage and puts that heritage at the heart of a place shaping project that will preserve several significant assets and move Hull forward as a world class visitor destination. This grant of £15m in a project of £27.M will ensure that Hull’s Maritime History is well preserved and celebrated by everyone.

This heritage-driven, transformational project draws on Hull’s unique spirit and sense of place, and will be a central part of the legacy of the City of Culture 2017, It will focus on the promotion and protection of Hull’s maritime history, architecture and collections.

Over the next seven years work will be undertaken that will place our Maritime Heritage at the heart of our city offer.

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The Arctic Corsair

The Arctic Corsair is the sole survivor of Hull’s distant-water sidewinder fishing trawler fleet and a key part of the nation’s maritime heritage.. Work involving this iconic vessel will include:

  • Full restoration
  • A permanent dry berth to ensure long term preservation
  • Ongoing marketing and promotion to raise awareness of her national significance
  • New and improved interpretation facilitating increased tourism and educational visits
  • A range of skills and training opportunities
  • Increased opening hours
  • Enhanced volunteering programmes leading to a projected 230% increase in volunteering


Arguably one of the most striking buildings in the city, investment in this stunning building will ensure it is used to its full capacity by:

  • Creating 390 m2 of additional museum space opened up to the public
  • Allowing access to one of the building’s cupolas with superb rooftop views
  • Investment in renewing the building’s infrastructure to reveal original architecture
  • Improved and extended educational and visitor facilities along with updated displays that bring Hulls whole Maritime story up to date


The museum’s collections are Designated as being of national significance and the British and European whaling collections are the most significant in the world. In addition the extensive collection of scrimshaw is regarded as the best outside of the United States, however better storage and display will allow these collections to truly shine for a bigger audience as part of the project:

  • There will be a 50% increase in the number of items available for public view
  • 37,852 collections items will be re-housed
  • Collections will undergo extensive conservation and will be stored in a bespoke regulated environment
  • The Collections will be assessed, conserved and properly stored, with new management and maintenance routines

Dock Office Chambers

This building dates from 1890s and is in a conservation area, adjacent to the Maritime Museum. Currently used as office space it will be reconfigured to house the maritime collections and will:

  • house bespoke storage systems which are environmentally controlled
  • be fully accessible for visitors, volunteers and researchers
  • enable the top floor of the museum to be redesigned and reopened to the public


Listed on the National Historic Ships Register and a part of the National Historic Fleet, the Spurn Lightship guided vessels navigating the notorious Humber estuary. Project work will include:

  • Full restoration
  • New interpretation
  • Increased opening hours
  • Refreshed displays
  • Following restoration the ship will remain in the Marina and continue to act as a signpost for the city centre, Hull Marina, and the other museums in Hull


This area is at the heart of Hull’s maritime and trade history with ship building taking place and ships berthing to discharge cargo into High Street , the centre if trade at the time. The central dry dock became the lock-pit of Queen’s Dock in 1774 when the Act of Parliament was granted for the Dock Company to form a new dock.

In 1775 – The Blaydes family sell their shipyard (which built both the HMS Bounty and HMS Boreas, commanded by Nelson) outside the North Gates to the Dock Company for the formation of a new Dock.

1778 – The Dock opens as ‘the Dock’

1809 – Humber Dock opened; the Dock is now The Old Dock

1854 – Queen Victoria visits Hull and steams through the line of Docks starting with the Old Dock. It is renamed Queen’s Dock in her honour

The project will seek to preserve this heritage and raise the profile of how this area acted as a catalyst for Hull’s history as a global maritime port by:

  • Revealing a hidden gem of Hull’s maritime heritage and celebrating the historic significance of High Street.
  • Creating an additional attraction near the Museums Quarter
  • Housing the Arctic Corsair in a permanent dry berth
  • Restoring the Scotch Derrick Crane on site, as a key symbol of recent maritime past
  • Highlighting the significance of the Queens Gardens (formerly Queen’s Dock) in the maritime story of Hull’s old town