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Hull Maritime needs to raise £2.6m for this project to become a reality.

Please help us to raise this funding.

From becoming a Patron or Corporate Member to making a regular gift to Hull Maritime Foundation, every penny will help us preserve and share the extraordinary maritime collections that tell the stories of Hull’s proud sea-faring past which gave the city links across the world. Hull: Yorkshire’s Maritime City is an ambitious project but it will be transformational not only for our heritage but also for our city.

Please help us to expand and enrich our collections, provide a warm welcome to our visitors, enable outreach across Hull’s communities and keep our doors open to all.

Make a Donation

How to support Hull: Yorkshire’s Maritime City

Hull Maritime Foundation is an independent charity registered with the Charity Commission (charity number 1180186) established to support the work of Hull Maritime Museums. Hull Maritime Foundation supports the museum by raising funds to develop its collections, buildings and programmes, so more people have the chance to enjoy Hull’s maritime history and culture. It was set up as a charity in 2018.

Please make donations by cheque payable to Hull Maritime Foundation and send to:

Fundraising Manager, Hull Maritime
Hull Maritime Foundation
The Guildhall

If you are a UK taxpayer, please consider filling in our Gift Aid form (available on request) for your donation. This allows us to claim back the basic rate tax and boosts the value of every donation at no additional cost to you.

Via a giving page

Supporting the project has never been easier. You can now donate via a giving page and 100 per cent of your donation will go to the Hull Maritime Foundation.

You can make a donation here – it’s simple, fast and secure.

Thank you for your donation.


For more information please contact

Become a Patron

Patrons have the opportunity to enjoy a close and special relationship with the Hull Maritime Foundation and the work of the Hull Maritime project, meeting the people involved and getting behind the scenes.

A message from Lord Haskins of Skidby, Chairman of Hull Maritime Foundation, said: “The Hull Maritime Foundation Patrons Programme has been developed for people who share that pride and passion and who want to be part of the efforts to protect and celebrate our maritime heritage.

“By becoming a patron, you make a commitment to safeguarding our history for future generations and helping the Hull Maritime Museum to showcase it throughout the world.”

In appreciation of your generous support, the Hull Maritime Foundation is pleased to offer you two levels of support:

Silver from £120 per annum - the benefits

  • a special patron pin badge
  • invitation to two exclusive patrons' events per year
  • invitation to the annual patrons' party hosted by the Foundation Chairman
  • receipt of the maritime newsletter
  • 10 per cent off in all Hull Museums shops and cafes (*exclusions apply)
  • acknowledgement on the maritime website
  • acknowledgement in Hull Maritime Museum (once re-opened)

Gold from £240 per annum - the benefits

All of the Silver benefits plus:

  • invitation to exclusive museum activities and previews
  • bring a guest to the annual patrons party
  • private curator-led tour for you and four others of one of our maritime sites.

You can make the donation by cheque, payable to Hull Maritime Foundation, by post or Direct Debit.


Contact us for more information or to request a brochure.


Become a Maritime Friend

In response to many enquiries about supporting the Hull Maritime project, we have set up Maritime Friends. The Maritime Friends programme has two objectives:

  • To bring our supporters closer to Hull’s maritime heritage;
  • To raise funds so that we can make the Hull Maritime project a reality for our city.

The suggested levels of donation are £25, £50 or £75 and in return for an annual gift, our Maritime Friends will be given privileged access to the Hull Maritime project as it develops via exclusive access to online interviews, films, images and information at regular intervals throughout the year.

Your support is really important to us – especially in the uncertain times that we are currently living in.

If you or someone you know would like to become a Maritime Friend, please complete the Contact Us form or email

Every sign-up will help us celebrate and preserve Hull’s unique maritime heritage for years to come.

Thank you.

Corporate Membership

By partnering with the Hull Maritime Foundation as a Corporate Member, you not only support a unique organisation in its mission to explain Hull’s maritime past and present, you make a commitment to maintaining free public access to:

• Leading education and outreach, including specially-tailored activities for people of all ages.

• Exciting learning opportunities, working with marginalised communities across our city and beyond.

• Rare collections of national and international significance.

In return, we will provide bespoke opportunities for elite hospitality, VIP events, behind the scenes access, PR and acknowledgement.


Please complete the Contact Us form or email

Legacy Giving

You don’t need to be wealthy to leave a legacy. A gift in your Will, however large or small, will help to preserve Hull Maritime Museum and its collections and make a positive difference to future generations of visitors and many local people who take part in our learning activities and public events every year.

A legacy left to Hull Maritime Foundation, the supportive charitable arm of the museum, could support our work in many ways. It could help maintain our collections or provide for the conservation and long-term care of stored items. It could support our education and outreach work. It could provide facilities for our visitors to ensure that the museum is welcoming and comfortable for all.

The museum works with a range of partners, through education and learning programmes, to improve people’s wellbeing, with activities including curatorial conversations and cake at our community café, craft time for young families, and animation workshops for older children.

Types of legacy

There are three main types of legacy:

Residuary Legacy

A gift of the remainder or a percentage of your estate after all debts, taxes, expenses and other bequests have been made.

Pecuniary Legacy

A fixed sum donation decided by you.

Specific Legacy

You may wish to leave the museum a particular, named item as a gift in your Will, for example a work of art, property or stocks and shares. If you are considering leaving a specific item to the museum, please discuss your plans with us before you commit them to your Will, as this will help us plan the growth of our collections.


If you would like to discuss making a bequest to the museum, please complete the Contact Us form or email