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As part of our first Maritime Tales Week event, Saturday 24 October - Sunday 1 November, we are excited to be working with Theatre on the Edge to give local children the opportunity to meet a character from Hull’s maritime past.

In a special theatrical performance Captain Gravill, the commander of a Hull whaling ship called The Diana, will tell us what it was like to travel to the Arctic in order to hunt and kill whales during the Victorian era. The video of this performance will be available to watch on our YouTube channel and Facebook page from Wednesday 28 October, 6pm.

However in an exciting twist, we are giving primary schools in Hull the chance to send Captain Gravill questions which he will then answer in his performance. What better way for pupils to find out about Hull's maritime history?

1  Captain Gravill © Spinney Photography Edit 2
John Gravill, Captain of The Diana © Spinney Photography

If you would like to give your class the chance to put their questions to Captain Gravill, then just follow these easy steps:

1. Download copies of our Investigation Sheet for your pupils. This sheet is packed with information about Hull's whaling industry and has enquiry points which can be used to support further investigation. Pupils are encouraged to think of questions that they would like to ask Captain Gravill, and also to have a go at creating their own piece of artwork.

2. Send your pupils' favourite questions and photographs of their artworks to our Schools Learning Officer at The deadline for submissions is Friday 2 October.

3. Captain Gravill will pick his favourite questions which he will then answer in his performance. Unfortunately, we won't be able to feature all of the questions and artworks we receive in the video.

4. Watch the performance on our Facebook or YouTube channel when it is released on Wednesday 28 October, 6pm, to see if any of your pupils' questions have been answered or their artworks displayed.

Please note that, if one of your pupils' questions or artworks is featured, then we will only give their first name and the name of their school.

If you would like to find out more about whaling in Hull, then why not visit the Hull Museum Collections Website?