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17th June 2019

Two Year 5 classes from Collingwood are working to bring Hull's maritime history to life in their classroom by taking part in a pilot of the new Museum in a Box project, which is being run as part of the Hull: Yorkshire's Maritime City learning programme.

In this project, which has been co-produced with Heritage Learning, the school has been given a selection of original and replica artefacts – ranging from a whalebone corset to a scale model of the side-winder trawler Anglian - mini-display cases, oral histories and historical images which they can use to create their very own classroom museum. Throughout, pupils will learn about the importance of local history, develop their skills in historical enquiry and literacy and decide what makes an engaging historical experience.

What’s more, the participating classes will get a behind-the-scenes look at some of the exciting plans which form part of the Hull: Yorkshire’s Maritime City project, including a visit to Hull Maritime Museum. They will even get the chance to select one of the artefacts that will be displayed in the Hull Museum following its major refurbishment.

Councillor Daren Hale, Portfolio Holder for Economic Investment, Regeneration, Planning, Land and Property, said: “The Museum in a Box programme aims to ensure that pupils have the opportunity to engage with the Hull Maritime Museum's collections in a way that will stimulate, support and enrich their learning. The resource provides young people with a unique and rare opportunity to handle real artefacts and make their own museum and engage with the city’s rich maritime history.”

For more information on Hull: Yorkshire’s Maritime City Museum in Box contact the project’s Community and School’s Learning Officer on 01482 615 213 or