04 October 2022
The three domes at Hull Maritime Museum are being given a new lease of life.
Andy Marshall, Heritage Leadworker working on behalf of Simpson York Limited is undertaking specialist work to reclad the domes with lead that has been re-smelted and re-used.
The domes are being restored for the first time in decades.
This is the dome before being restored.
The lead on dome is removed and sent away to be melted and reused. The timber is revealed for the first time in years, it is inspected and treated as necessary, whether that’s repaired or replaced.
The lead is cut to the size and the shape is made using a hammer and mallet.
Building paper is used the keep the moisture out and allow the lead to move.
The gutters are also being replaced.
The lead will last at least 150 years.
Updating the finishing details on the domes using traditional techniques, ensuring it retains its grandeur as it did when it was originally built in 1871.