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12th November 2021

A high-profile leader in the UK museum world has visited the city, following a request to find out more about the Hull Maritime project and the ambitious plans to bring the city’s maritime heritage to life.

Paddy Rodgers, the Director of Royal Museums Greenwich (Incorporating the National Maritime Museum, Cutty Sark, Queen’s House and Royal Observatory), visited Hull on Friday 12 November to hear about the plans and progress to date on the Hull Maritime project which is generating great interest in the maritime heritage world.

The visit was undertaken to both brief RMG staff as to Hull’s maritime ambitions and how they fit within the city’s wider regeneration plans and also to consider how the two museum services might collaborate in future in the delivery of the project.

As part of his visit, he met with the council’s leader and chief executive along with the team tasked to deliver the £30.3m project, funded by Hull City Council and the National Lottery Heritage Fund. The team outlined the wide-ranging place making nature of the project along with how it is engaging with a wide range of communities and partners in the city and beyond.

Robin talks about breathing new life into the former shipyard
They visit North End Shipyard, the new home for the Arctic Corsair

After a detailed briefing and Q & A session the team toured key sites across the city centre highlighting the project plans for transforming them for the future.

Councillor Daren Hale, Leader of Hull City Council, said: “It is always great to showcase our city and the future plans to transform our maritime treasures into a new maritime experience for our residents and the region.

“We hope this meeting will open new doors for future collaboration and learning.”

Paddy Rodgers, the Director of Royal Museums Greenwich, said: “This is an exciting project to launch Hull’s reconnection with its maritime heritage, and we are keen to explore how we might collaborate.”