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Learning is at the centre of the Hull: Yorkshire’s Maritime City project. Our aim is to give communities, children and young people – both in and out of Hull – the chance to learn about the city’s unique maritime story and gain valuable skills and experiences.

Educating the next generation

Formal learning

We are keen to work with Primary and Secondary Schools throughout the project. For us, it is essential that teachers and their pupils not only have the opportunity to tell us what parts of Hull’s maritime story they want to learn about, but also what we can do to offer world-class learning experiences at our sites.

For spring 2019, in partnership with Heritage Learning, we will be putting together new classroom resources for schools in which young people can handle amazing artefacts from the museum’s collections. Furthermore, we are looking to run CPD sessions in which teachers will get a behind-the-scenes view of the project as well as the chance to shape the direction of its learning programme.

The views of teachers and pupils will be used to inform the developments taking place at the Maritime Museum, the Arctic Corsair and North Shipyard, and the Spurn Lightship. In addition, we want to create five new, curriculum-linked, formal learning sessions for schools which will be available for delivery at these sites.

Finally, throughout the programme, we hope to run projects with further and higher education establishments which will give young people the chance to develop new skills. For example, one of our ideas is to give Sixth Form students, who are studying creative arts subjects, the chance to produce an imaginative performance in response to key artefacts from the museum’s collections.

A girl poses with her crafty creation

Informal learning

The Hull: Yorkshire’s Maritime City project aims to give local people and visitors to Hull an opportunity to make a meaningful connection with the city’s maritime story, as well a chance to experience amazing events and gain valuable skills.

We are currently running an outreach consultation programme with the aim of working with a variety of groups throughout Hull. As part of this programme, we are running storytelling, artefact handling and reminiscence sessions with community groups so that they can learn more about the project and tell us which stories we should be telling at the sites. In addition, we have worked with organisations such as McMillan’s Children Centre, Age UK and Butterflies Memory Loss Support Group in order to hear how we can make Hull’s maritime story accessible to people of all ages and backgrounds.

As the project continues we will look to carry on our work in the community. For example, we hope to offer taster workshops in different venues across the city which will give people the chance to develop an interest in arts and crafts and allow them to learn more about Hull’s maritime heritage. We are also planning an intergenerational oral history project in which young people will be able to interview individuals who worked in one of the local maritime industries.

Finally, when the sites re-open, we want to deliver a dynamic programme of activities for people to enjoy. This will range from inclusive open days for visitors with additional needs, gallery based activities and tours, after-hours activities for students, as well as a city-wide celebration once the project has been completed.

Get Involved

If you would to learn more about any of our activities or would like to work with us as part of our community and schools projects then please get in touch with our Schools and Communities Officer, Charles Trzeciak by calling 01462 615213 or emailing