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18th March 2020

Hull Maritime Foundation, a charity dedicated to supporting the city’s major maritime project, has been awarded £350,000 towards the refurbishment of the Hull Maritime Museum, thanks to support from the Garfield Weston Foundation.

The Garfield Weston Foundation and its Trustees recognised the ongoing spirit of UK City of Culture 2017 and were delighted to see that a positive legacy is being achieved with this important and ambitious project.

Typically, around 1,900 charities of all sizes across the UK benefit each year and a significant majority of grants are for projects and organisations across the UK’s local communities and volunteer organisations.

The funding has been granted to support a complete refurbishment of the Hull Maritime Museum, a significant element of this ambitious maritime project. From the basement to the roof, the investment will see comprehensive investment the building has not seen since it opened in 1872. More stunning architecture will be revealed to celebrate the original architecture along with the creation of further gallery space on the top floor for the first time. One of the cupolas will be opened up to allow visitors panoramic views across the city. The exhibitions will be completely re-displayed and relit, incorporating up-to-date interpretation appropriate for a 21st century audience.

Artists' impression of new displays
This funding will support the new interactive displays, creating a world-class museum for residents and visitors

Lord Chris Haskins, Chair of Hull Maritime Foundation, said: “We are deeply grateful to the trustees of the Garfield Weston Foundation for their support. It will help us to revitalise the Hull Maritime Museum and realise our ongoing vision to showcase the city’s maritime heritage and create a world-class museum.”

The significant grant will contribute to the £2.6m funding gap to support the wider Hull Maritime project.

Funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Hull City Council, five key maritime treasures will be transformed, these include - the Arctic Corsair, North End Shipyard, Spurn Lightship, Dock Office Chambers and the Hull Maritime Museum.