Hull unveils city-wide project to transform maritime heritage
Bethan Kapur, 25.04.2019
Council builds on UK City of Culture legacy
Hull City Council has announced details of a three-year, £27.4m project to transform some of the city’s most important maritime assets.
The Hull: Yorkshire’s Maritime City project will include refurbishments of Hull Maritime Museum, the Spurn Lightship and Dock Office Row. A maritime route will be created to guide visitors through the heart of the city from Queen Victoria Square to the River Hull.
The restored Arctic Corsair deep-sea trawler will be given a permanent home in a former dock at the North End Shipyard, which the council hopes will become a new, must-see visitor attraction.
Following its year as the UK City of Culture in 2017, Hull hopes the plans will ensure it continues to be seen as a popular maritime destination.
The council has committed £10m to the project and is hoping to secure £13.6m from the National Lottery Heritage Fund. If successful, work will begin on the Arctic Corsair attraction later this year.
The council is inviting the public to share their opinions on its plans in a roadshow that will travel to seven locations across the city, starting at Trinity Market.
The travelling exhibition uses artists’ and architects’ drawings, along with computer generated visuals, to demonstrate how the city’s maritime heritage will be protected and celebrated.
Mark Jones, the council’s director of regeneration, said: “Our aim is to regenerate our city and to use culture and heritage to boost economic prosperity and improve people’s lives right across the city.
“Over the past year, more than 10,000 people have given their ideas and suggestions on how they would like to see their city’s maritime heritage brought to life for all to enjoy. Now, we’d like everyone in the city to give us their views on the detailed plans and to show their support as we prepare to submit our bid for the funding to ensure this exciting project becomes a reality.”