Hull North End Shipyard Dock Office Row

Hull awarded £13.6m Heritage Fund grant for maritime project

Yosola Olorunshola, 09.10.2019
The city aims to secure its legacy as UK City of Culture 2017
A £13.6m grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund has given a boost to an ambitious project to protect and promote Hull’s rich maritime history.  

The project aims to build on Hull’s legacy as the UK City of Culture 2017 and is the next significant milestone in the delivery of Hull’s city plan and 10-year cultural strategy.  

“This is a real game-changer for Hull. This is continued investment and regeneration for our city and our proud heritage, bringing far reaching benefits for everyone as well as reaffirming our role as a thriving cultural and maritime city,” said councillor Darren Hale.  

Hull City Council has committed £10m of match funding and an additional £4.3m to redevelop Queens Gardens – once the world’s largest dock.  

An ongoing fundraising campaign also aims to raise £2.6m by encouraging people across the city to invest in supporting the project.  

Referred to as Hull: Yorkshire’s Maritime City, the project will regenerate three major sites in the city’s history – Hull Maritime Museum, the Dock Office Chambers and the North End Shipyard. Two historic vessels, the Arctic Corsair and Spurn Lightship, will also be preserved.

A new maritime trail will offer visitors to the city a chance to discover Hull’s global links and how its heritage has shaped the city.  

Simon Green, director of cultural services at Hull Culture and Leisure, said: “Placemaking is a really important part of the project. We want to understand the footprint of old historic Hull. The core of the old town was surrounded by water – by the river Humber on one side and by the river Hull on the other, both connected by the docks.

“Hull was essentially an island. The project is so exciting because it’s a full re-examination of the historic character of the place and why the city and its people are the way they are.” 

The Maritime City project has already engaged groups and organisations across Hull, with more than 100 heritage and community organisations, 40 schools and 15,000 people participating in surveys and public conversations on the plans to make the project a reality. 

“It feels so fitting that a city whose DNA is rooted in the maritime industry should use the rich narratives of our maritime heritage to propel the city forward, shaping the future and inspiring generations to come," said Jenny Howard-Coombes, chair of Cultural Collisions Hull.