Hull Maritime Museum in Queen Victoria Square.
Hull Maritime Museum in Queen Victoria Square.

Hull Maritime Museum to close ahead of major refurb

Hull Maritime Museum will close for a few days ahead of a major refurbishment.

The museum will close from 1pm on Wednesday 3 April to allow a specialist company to complete a series of surveys. It will reopen on Saturday 6 April at 10am.

The improvements are part of the £27.4 million Hull Yorkshire’s Maritime City project.

Simon Green, director of cultural services at Hull Culture and Leisure, said: “There is a great deal of work being undertaken behind-the-scenes as we prepare to submit a round-two bid to the National Lottery Heritage Fund in May and this is part of it.

“These surveys are necessary for any project of this scale and will be carried out sensitively on the listed building. We hope residents and visitors will understand the need for the short closure.

The Hull Maritime Museum is one of the city’s most recognisable attractions.

“The work will check the detailed construction of the building for those areas that have been hidden for decades and will help us finalise the detailed designs to develop a 21st century museum.”

Hull City Council has been awarded initial support of £1.37 million from the National Lottery Heritage Fund to help the city tell its important maritime story.

Now, a round-two bid is being prepared ready for submission in late May 2019. If successful, approval will release the full grant of £13.6 million and this ambitious project will come to fruition.

Collections curator Caroline Rhodes said: “This is a great undertaking and with the help of curatorial team, a significant amount of care will be taken to move the many objects and artefacts to enable the work to take place.”

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