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As part of our community programme, a series of pop-up displays and exhibitions are taking place in 2023 and 2024.

These pop-ups tell stories in unexpected places, from shop windows to fish & chips shops. They invite you to think a little differently about our maritime heritage and find out more about Hull Maritime.

Our latest pop-up in the series, A Helping Hand… 100 Years of Hesslewood, celebrates a different part of our maritime history in Hull and the East Riding of Yorkshire. The exhibition explores the story of the Hull Seaman’s and General Orphanage and the continued work of the Hesslewood Children’s Trust (HCT), from historical foundations to the present day.

This exhibition will pop up in three Riverside extra care housing facilities in Hull through March and April. Hull Maritime has worked with Riverside since 2022 to run a community café, giving people the opportunity to reminisce or learn more about our city’s maritime history. We are excited to collaborate once more with this community to display the exhibition and share stories from Hull’s maritime history.

The pop-up exhibition will be on tour on the following dates:

  • Tuesday 19 March – Sunday 31 March. Redwood Glades, Leads Road, HU7 4JY.
  • Wednesday 3 April – Sunday 14 April. Cecil Gardens, Hawthorn Avenue, HU3 5SA.
  • Tuesday 16 April - Sunday 28 April. Harrison Park, Hall Road, HU6 9DQ.

A Helping Hand… 100 Years of Hesslewood looks at the Trust’s origins as the Hull Seamen’s and General Orphans Asylum originally sited on Spring Bank in Hull, the establishment of a new orphanage at Hesslewood House in Hessle in 1921 and the ongoing support the Trust gives today to under 25s in our region.

The exhibition will reveal a wealth of memories of the role the Orphanage played in helping provide children with a safe home and lifetime opportunities.

Today HCT helps people in need or hardship who are Either:- Under the age of 25 and resident(or have parents resident) in the former County of Humberside or districts of Gainsborough or Caistor, Or Former residents of the Hull Seamen’s and General Orphanage.

B/w photo of a group of young boys, dressed in sailor style uniforms with caps marked 'Hesslewood'