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22nd May 2020

As part of the Hull Maritime project people have been selecting objects that will create a brand new exhibition to go on display in the refurbished Hull Maritime Museum.

In the last three months, 200 objects have gone head-to-head and more than 8,500 votes have been cast, with people selecting the one they’d like to see on display and its maritime story told, some for the first time.

The final few days of voting are now taking place and the 10 artefacts that were not selected in the vote off but received the most votes will now compete for a runners-up place, so they may look familiar!

To vote in the People’s Choice visit @HullMaritime on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and comment with artefact A or B.

100 objects will feature in a new exhibition
100 objects will feature in a new exhibition

Robin Diaper, Curator of Maritime and Social History, said: “This is the first time people have had the opportunity to vote on the artefacts they’d like to feature in a new exhibition in this way. The response and the level of voting has been phenomenal!

“The People’s Choice project is all about involving people in our plans for the museum and we will be working with groups in many more ways as we progress our plans.

“Thank you to everyone who has got involved and I hope they’ve have enjoyed seeing just some of the maritime collection we have at the Hull Maritime Museum. Decisions on what is displayed and what stays in store are not always easy. This project is not just about the museum though, it’s about sharing our proud maritime heritage across the city and all the stories that entails.”

An striking Hull Maritime Museum in Queen Victoria Sqaure
The refurbished museum will display 50 per cent more objects

People are encouraged to keep an eye out for the many ways they can become involved, both online and in directly.

As more of the Grade II*-listed Victorian Hull Maritime Museum is opened up, there will be 50 per cent more objects on public display when the museum reopens in 2024, after an £11m refurbishment. It is part of the £30m to transform and regenerate five of Hull’s key maritime sites, North End Shipyard, Arctic Corsair, Hull Maritime Museum, Dock Office Chambers and the Spurn Lightship.

Plans for the new exhibitions and displays are well underway and many old favourites already have a new home planned.