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Welcome to the Hull Young Maritime Creatives project!

Young Maritime Creatives is Hull Maritime’s secondary school outreach programme which aims to engage young people aged 11-16 with their maritime past present and future.

Through the 2023/2024 academic year over 1,000 young people at eight local schools will take part in a wide variety of school and student-led creative projects helping them play their part in our maritime story. With Hull Maritime’s support, schools will support their pupils to create innovative artworks that equip participants with practical skills, knowledge and hopefully a lifelong passion for our maritime heritage.

Our projects for 2023/2024

  • Students at The Boulevard Academy will be researching the history of our very own Spurn Lightship and creating a large-scale mural and models of it
  • Trinity House Academy is using our support to help promote and develop their historic Student Drum Corps. Alongside this, students will be using newly acquired art materials and drums to create maritime artworks and musical compositions.
  • Students at Frederick Holmes School will be using new adapted instruments to create a maritime soundscape and collaborative large-scale landscape artwork.
  • The Hub School is using Hull Maritime’s support to encourage their student’s entrepreneurial spirit through the design and creation of maritime themed merchandise.
  • Venn Boulevard Centre is based on the site of the Hull Nautical College and students will be celebrating this through the creation of a wide variety of paintings, textiles and written works.
  • Following a successful pilot project that included dance, drama and textile work related to the Headscarf revolutionaries, Sirius Academy West students will now be focussing on Hull’s whaling past and our fantastic scrimshaw through the creation of a large form sculpture piece.
  • Kelvin Hall School History Club students will gain real world experience conducting the research, design and creation of a public information board related to maritime figures buried at Hull General Cemetery.
  • Students at Sirius Academy North will be exploring Hull’s place in the world as a global city in the creation of a multimedia artwork “Portholes of Diversity”.

In November 2024 the work of our young people will be brought together in an exhibition at the Ferens Art Gallery providing participants in the project the opportunity to have their works exhibited in a prestigious public art gallery.


Ensuring the Young Maritime Creatives project has a lasting legacy is really important to us so how will the project benefit our secondary schools and young people in the long term?

  • Firstly, the project will help form lasting relationships between Hull Museum’s and our partner schools, helping us work together to enhance our young people’s learning.
  • Secondly, Young Maritime Creative’s is ensuring that young people in our city are engaged with their maritime heritage and understand how important it is to the identity of this city and its people.
  • Thirdly, participants will gain lifelong memories and experiences as well as transferable creative skills to use in their adult lives.

If you would like to find out more about the project or have any questions, contact our community and Schools Learning Officer Chris Willmoth