HULL: YORKSHIRE'S MARITIME city
As Yorkshire’s maritime city, Hull is now working on an extensive redevelopment of its significant historic maritime assets. Building upon the legacy of its tenure as the UK City of Culture 2017, the project supports Hull’s aspiration to become a world-class visitor destination.
The sites included within the project are: Hull Maritime Museum; Dock Office Chambers on New Cross Street, the North End Shipyard on Dock Office Row 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. Hull City Council has also committed £10 million towards the project to conserve and promote the maritime heritage assets it owns.
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 focussing 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.
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
NORTH END SHIPYARD - DOCK OFFICE ROW
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 of 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 sold 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.
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 20th century 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