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11th February 2020

The team behind Hull’s major maritime project is looking to recruit a small team of volunteers, who are passionate about showcasing Hull’s maritime history, to prepare and deliver a range of guided tours.

The team behind Hull’s major maritime project are looking to recruit a small team of volunteers, who are passionate about showcasing Hull’s maritime history, to prepare and deliver a range of guided tours.

The maritime tours around the city centre, between our historic maritime sites, are expected to begin this summer.

Visitors will learn about Hull’s maritime heritage and how our exciting maritime project will take shape over the next five years. They will receive a whistlestop tour visiting the Hull Maritime Museum, Arctic Corsair at the North End Shipyard and the Spurn Lightship in Hull Marina.

Arctic Corsair Stern
Guided tours will visit the maritime treasures included within Hull's latest regeneration project

We’re looking for people who have:

  • an interest in the maritime history of Hull
  • excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • an ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • experience of working with the public

Full training will be provided to achieve an accredited qualification - the Institute of Tourist Guiding White Badge award.

Applicants do not need previous experience but must have a willing to learn and commit to around 40 hours of training, including lectures, practical sessions and communications training. This is likely to take place primarily on Wednesday afternoons between April and October 2020. Upon completion a schedule of tours will then be developed.

Councillor Daren Hale, Portfolio Holder for Economic Investment, Regeneration, Planning, Land and Property, said: “This is an exciting opportunity to play a key role in developing Hull’s tourism offer related to the city’s maritime heritage, as part of a major National Lottery Heritage Funded project.

“Participants will build their confidence and develop a range of new skills as well as gaining valuable experience and accredited training. Volunteering makes an incredible difference.”

Dave Todd, tour guide volunteer
Dave Todd says this is an exciting opportunity to develop Hull's tourism offer

Dave Todd has volunteered for nine years after retiring; he has delivered a range of guided tours at Hull Maritime Museum and later on the Arctic Corsair. He believes you need interest, enthusiasm, time and commitment to be a volunteer.

He says “Volunteering is a great way to give something back to the city and be part of a fantastic team. This new guided tour will be a learning opportunity and I’d recommend it to anyone with a love of heritage and meeting people.”

To learn more about the volunteering or to apply, complete the application form below and email hymc@hullcc.gov.uk before 28 February 2020.