A community feedback day took place at Ferens Art Gallery.
A community feedback day took place at Ferens Art Gallery.

Special interest groups take part in community maritime day

Over 60 people from local community and special interest groups came together to help shape the £27.4m Hull: Yorkshire Maritime City project.
A community feedback day took place yesterday, Thursday 15 November at Ferens Art Gallery.

Local community and special interest groups who represent Hull’s various maritime industries were given an introduction to the project and progress to date. They had the opportunity to comment on the direction of travel, share their thoughts and provide their feedback to ensure they are fully involved and be part of the exciting journey ahead. It also focussed on the shaping the themes within the Hull Maritime Museum following its multi-million pound improvements.

Councillor Daren Hale, Portfolio Holder for Economic Investment, Regeneration, Planning, Land and Property, said: “This is just one of the activities we are hosting to ensure those with a passion for preserving our maritime history can have their say and influence this transformational project.
“This major project is for the city and its people, telling everyone’s powerful stories in their own words as well as regenerating key landmarks across the city centre.

“More activities are taking place across the city so residents and visitors can find out more about the project and its scope.”
Dr Nick Evans, Department of History from Hull University, said: “Hull people are rightly proud of our maritime past, present and future. This exciting project will help showcase our unique story to residents and visitors alike for generations to come. Well done to the team from Hull Yorkshire’s Maritime City on providing us with the opportunity to celebrate our rich maritime story at the same time as safeguarding some of our built heritage.”

Participants outlined their thoughts about the proposed improvements to the three sites and two historic ships, which all play a huge role in telling the story of Hull’s rich maritime history.

More events are taking place across the city and they include:

Saturday 17 November at Prospect Centre between 10am – 4pm
You will have the opportunity to get up close to some popular artefacts from the Maritime Museum as part of an object-handling activity as well as making your own origami whales and sailing boats and the chance to meet a trawlerman’s wife (Nancy).

Wednesday 28 and Thursday 29 November at Octagon and Fenchurch Children’s Centres between 1.30 – 3pm
A boat making workshop with families. On the second date, there will also be a storyteller who will be telling everyone what it was like to be a fisherman.

Saturday 1 December at Princes Quay between 10am – 4pm
You will have the opportunity to get up close to some popular artefacts from the Maritime Museum as part of an object-handling activity as well as making your own origami whales and sailing boats.

Saturday 8 December at Asda Mount Pleasant, 10am – 3pm
You will have the opportunity to get up close to some popular artefacts from the museum’s handling collection including: a Tudor Smell Box, a replica piece of Scrimshaw art, Whalebone Corset, a docker’s tool (Tomahawk) and more as part of an object-handling activity.

The £27.4m Hull: Yorkshire Maritime City project, delivered by Hull City Council with a £15m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund will showcase the city’s maritime story, making Hull, Yorkshire’s maritime city.

For more information visit www.cityplanhull.co.uk/index.php/hull-yorkshires-maritime-city/

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