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You can share your maritime memories and spark new conversations at monthly ‘Community Cafes’ taking place across the city.

The monthly sessions, developed in partnership with The Fisherman’s Mission, focus on sharing memories, stories, and life experiences from the city’s seafaring past as well as handling artefacts from the Maritime Museum’s handling collection.

The sessions are in a relaxed and enjoyable space for residents and visitors to socialise and meet new people, improving wellbeing and supporting people to learn new things about our heritage.

Sharing memories about Hull maritime past
Volunteer, Peter teaches net braiding

There are also a range of activities on offer, such as having a go at net mending, making replica scrimshaw, dressing up and taking part in maritime-themed games. Books, archival images, and artefacts are used to stimulate talking points to spark conversations.

Community Cafes are welcoming, friendly and open to anyone, and are not only limited to people with strong memories of Hull’s maritime past. At a recent session a resident told us: “I didn’t think I could be part of anything like this, thank you”.

The sessions take place at Extra Care facilities ran by housing association Riverside for people aged over 18 with care needs.

The events are for everyone to get involved in and take place on:

  • Wednesday 27 September, 2 - 3.30pm, Harrison Park, Hall Road
  • Wednesday 25 October, 2 - 3.30pm, Cecil Gardens, Hawthorn Avenue
  • Wednesday 29 November, 2 - 3.30pm, Redwood Glades, Leads Road