Hull Maritime Museum
Hull Maritime Museum in Queen Victoria Square.

£350,000 awarded for Hull Maritime Museum major refurb

A charity dedicated to supporting the city’s major maritime project has been awarded £350,000 towards the refurbishment of the Hull Maritime Museum.

Hull Maritime Foundation has been awarded the grant thanks to support from the Garfield Weston Foundation.

The funding will support the complete refurbishment of the museum, which is a significant element of the city ambitious maritime project.

From the basement to the roof, the investment will see comprehensive investment the building has not seen since it opened in 1872.

More stunning architecture will be revealed to celebrate the original architecture along with the creation of further gallery space on the top floor for the first time.

One of the cupolas will be opened up to allow visitors panoramic views across the city. The exhibitions will be completely re-displayed and relit, incorporating up-to-date interpretation appropriate for a 21st century audience.

Lord Chris Haskins,chair of Hull Maritime Foundation, said: “We are deeply grateful to the trustees of the Garfield Weston Foundation for their support. It will help us to revitalise the Hull Maritime Museum and realise our ongoing vision to showcase the city’s maritime heritage and create a world-class museum.”

The significant grant will contribute to the £2.6m funding gap to support the wider Hull Maritime project.

Funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Hull City Council, five key maritime treasures —Arctic Corsair, North End Shipyard, Spurn Lightship, Dock Office Chambers and the Hull Maritime Museum — will be transformed.

About 1,900 UK charities benefit from the grant each year, with a significant majority of grants going to projects across local communities and volunteer organisations.

Find more information on the project here.

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The Guildhall. Inset, Councillor Stephen Brady.