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12th January 2023

Hull Maritime has been awarded a major grant from The Foyle Foundation, a leading UK supporter of learning and the arts.

The £250,000 award has been made towards the creation of the new visitor and education centre at the former North End Shipyard, the future permanent home for the Arctic Corsair. The visitor and education centre will host Hull Maritime’s trawling exhibition and will be the venue for the majority of Hull Maritime Museum’s schools’ learning events.

The Foyle Foundation is an independent grant-making trust that distributes funds to UK charities and is a major funder of the arts and education. The Foundation has a deep commitment to supporting charities which uses heritage and arts as a tool for learning.

The historic North End Shipyard will tell first-hand stories of what life was like working at sea and become a centre for learning and celebrating 800 years of Hull’s maritime history.

A new state-of-the-art visitor centre will celebrate Hull's maritime heritage and the history of the Arctic Corsair

Lord Chris Haskins, Chairman of Hull Maritime Foundation, said: “We are delighted to have the support of The Foyle Foundation and my sincere thanks go to them for supporting our endeavours. This funding will help us to develop a space to celebrate and share our amazing maritime heritage, and it will also help to further redefine Hull’s image and reputation, while improving opportunities for all citizens.”

Councillor Mike Ross, Leader of Hull City Council, said: “This major funding will support our project, Hull Maritime in creating a centre for future generations and new audiences to connect with, learning more about Hull’s thriving fishing industry and what it was like to work at sea. It’s vital we keep these stories alive.”

Work to transform North End Shipyard is underway and is expected to open to visitors in 2024.

Hull Maritime is a major regeneration project funded by The National Lottery Heritage Fund and Hull City Council. Five key maritime treasures will be transformed to create a new maritime experience for Hull. Elements include the restoration of two ships - Arctic Corsair and the Spurn Lightship, the regeneration of the former North End Shipyard, Dock Office Chambers and the Hull Maritime Museum will be refurbished.