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Whilst the Maritime Museum and the Arctic Corsair are closed, we are working with Heritage Learning to offer an exciting programme of maritime-themed outreach activities and resources.

The Last Leviathans: the story of Hull's whaling industry

Suitable for upper-KS1 and KS2.

The Last Leviathans: the story of Hull's whaling industry brings to life our city's maritime history through the magic of theatre!

What do you get in the resource?

1. Three theatre performances

You will get access to three pre-recorded theatre performances, which have been written and performed by Theatre on the Edge.

  • The Last Leviathans is a thirty-minute dramatization of a voyage to the Arctic made in 1866 by the Diana, a whaling ship from Hull. The performance uses period music, costume, drama and humour to tell the story of one of Hull’s most important maritime industries. Schools will also receive a copy of the play’s script, along with a glossary of key vocabulary.
  • Meet a Hull Whaler introduces children to John Gravill, the captain of the Diana, and his wife Ann, as they talk about Hull’s whaling industry. The performance is designed to familiarise children with some of the characters and topics that feature in The Last Leviathans, and you will also receive a copy of the play’s script along with a glossary of key vocabulary.
  • In The Night before Sailing, children will meet a whaler and his wife as they bring to life the sea shanties and popular music of the period through song and dance. Schools will also receive a copy of the play’s script.

2. The Last Leviathans Performance Resource Book

  • Our Performance Resource Book is packed with notes about the history of Hull’s whaling industry, background information for the events of The Last Leviathans performance, and ideas for curriculum-linked activities to do with your class.
  • There are also details on how to enter our Marvellous Museum Labels Competition, in which we are giving pupils the chance to have their creative writing displayed in the Hull Maritime Museum when it reopens.

3. Whaling Object Boxes

Whale bone corset
This whalebone corset is just one of the amazing artefacts to be found in our Whaling Object Boxes © Hull Museums.
  • Heritage Learning Member Schools have the exclusive opportunity to borrow one of our Whaling Object Boxes filled with original and replica artefacts from the Hull Maritime Museum's handling collections.*

*Subject to availability. Loan period of half a term. Heritage Learning Member Schools Only.

Get in touch!

Thanks to generous funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, we are delighted to be able to offer this resource free of charge.

For more information, or to make a booking, please complete a booking enquiry form on the Heritage Learning website. Alternatively you can email heritagelearning@hcandl.co.uk or call 01482 318 733.

    On Board the Arctic Corsair (Virtual Workshop)

    Suitable for KS1 and KS2.

    The Arctic Corsair is the last surviving member of Hull's deep water fishing fleet.

    Enjoy a maritime history experience through distance learning!

    Using an exciting mix of archival film, oral histories, museum artefacts and a virtual model of the Arctic Corsair – the last survivor of Hull’s deep water fishing fleet -, a member of our expert learning team will take your pupils on a fishing trip to remember.

    Duration: 60 minutes (KS1), 75 minutes (KS2).

    Get in touch!

    Thanks to generous funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, we are delighted to be able to offer this resource free of charge.

    For more information, or to make a booking, please complete a workshop enquiry form on the Heritage Learning website. Alternatively you can email heritagelearning@hcandl.co.uk or call 01482 318 733.

    Tales from a Trawlerman (Video Series)

    Suitable for KS1 and KS2.

    In our Tales from a Trawlerman videos series, your pupils will join a Hull Trawlerman on board the Arctic Corsair – the last survivor of Hull’s distant water fishing fleet – in order to discover what the life of a trawlerman was like. The videos are also supported by some helpful resources, including ideas for activities to do with your class!

    Get in touch!

    Thanks to generous funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, we are delighted to be able to offer this resource free of charge.

    For more information, or to make a booking, please complete a video series enquiry form on the Heritage Learning website. Alternatively you can email heritagelearning@hcandl.co.uk or call 01482 318 733.

    Hull Maritime Project: Primary School Teachers' Panel

    Local teachers are being invited to shape the direction of our new learning programmes by joining our Teachers' Panel.

    Primary school teachers in Hull are invited to become members of our Teachers’ Panel.

    Members of the panel will act as an advisory body to our learning team, and will contribute to the development of exciting new resources and workshops at the Hull Maritime Museum and the Arctic Corsair.

    In return, participating teachers and schools will be reimbursed for their time and get priority access to exciting projects and benefits.

    If you would like more information about our Teachers’ Panel, then please get in touch at hymc@hullcc.gov.uk.