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8th July 2024

Hull Maritime has launched a new South Blockhouse Creative Communities Grant Scheme.

The scheme is designed to engage residents by exploring the story of the South Blockhouse through a creative project delivered by a community group or freelancer.

Small grants of up to £3,000 will be awarded to successful groups, organisations and creative freelancers for activities that will engage with communities in Hull. The projects will explore the history of the South Blockhouse in some way, such as focusing on Henry VIII, archaeology, defending the city, Hull’s rebellious reputation and relationship with royalty or the iconic cloverleaf design of the South Blockhouse.

Councillor Mike Ross, Leader of Hull City Council, said: “The South Blockhouse is an untold story for many. This community grant scheme is an opportunity for people to learn more about the nationally significant monument and the many stories related to it in a variety of ways delivered by the community for the community.”

The South Blockhouse, close to The Deep, is a nationally significant monument, part of a scheme fortifications on the east bank of the river Hull, constructed on the orders of Henry VIII between 1541-43 in support of his military campaigns. It was built to protect Hull’s eastern side and house guns and protect the gunners and ammunition from attack.

The deadline for applications is 10pm on Friday 2 August 2024.

For more information and criteria or to apply, visit here.

Hull Maritime is a locally led project funded by Hull City Council and The National Lottery Heritage Fund. It encompasses the redevelopment of five historic sites in Hull city centre: the transformation of the Grade II Hull Maritime Museum and the Dock Office Chambers, the creation of a new visitor attraction at the North End Shipyard and the restoration of two historic vessels, the Arctic Corsair and Spurn Lightship