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A hugely warm welcome to the Hull: Yorkshire’s Maritime City project’s community section. Thanks for stopping by.

Hull exists because of the sea – and so do we. Through this project we celebrate 800 years of industry, adventure, loss, homecoming, change, and love – and the tide, always there, always coming and going, going and coming.

But this project isn’t really about the renovation of the key maritime sites and ships. Or rather, it is, but it isn’t the bricks and mortar of the Maritime Museum that makes it important, or the deck of the Arctic Corsair or the lantern tower in the Spurn Lightship that make them worth celebrating.

We think it’s the stories they bring to life that really matter. About the people who came before us – those that were born here, and those that came to pass through or start anew – and the lives they lived. The industries they forged. The connections – family, neighbours, communities. The good times and the tragedies that made this city what it is.

This project is about the present, too, and the futures yet to come. We’ll be exploring what it means to live in Yorkshire’s only maritime city today, and what future stories are being carved and crafted as every minute passes. It’s about home, work, family, climate, wellbeing and hope. We look to the past as we reach forward and outward. Beneath it all, it’s about people.

So whether you’re a local history buff, or it’s news to you that Hull even has a Maritime Museum (and if that’s the case, it’s on us, not you!) we need you. We can’t tell, host and share these stories properly without you. Will you join us?

Keep an eye on this page as exciting opportunities to get involved develop, and drop our community engagement officer Holly a line at holly.walton@hcandl.co.uk if you fancy a chat.