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20th April 2021

Volunteers have continued to play a significant role in supporting the Hull Maritime project despite a global pandemic.

To mark Volunteer Recognition Day we want to celebrate our valued volunteers.

Despite a number of lockdowns, since April 2020, 42 volunteers have given an impressive 461 hours to the project. The lockdown restrictions have prevented most of the planned activities at our sites. Plans are now in place to have more volunteer involvement as the project develops in the coming months.

Adjusting to the new ways of getting involved, volunteers have researched and recorded Hull’s maritime heritage, written online blogs and social media content for key milestones and helped to plan the new displays at the North End Shipyard.

Volunteers get a close up of the some maritime paintings due for conservation
Volunteers capture the removal of maritime paintings

Tom Goulder, Volunteering Manager for the Hull Maritime project, said: “Volunteering is incredibly rewarding and despite this challenging last year, the committed volunteers have continued to support the project. I have been truly overwhelmed with the commitment and looking to working with them more closely in the near future.

“I would like to thank them personally for their continued enthusiasm and passion for the project.”

Aaron Baldwin, a volunteer for the project was invited to the museum to capture the removal of the maritime paintings ahead of conservation work. Aaron, said: “It was once again a brilliant experience to help document the Museum’s refurbishment. The immense task of moving the two giant paintings from the stairs was a nail-biting watch from start to finish, though seeing the team work so well together to succeed I knew that the Museum’s exhibits were in good hands.

“It has been an absolute joy being able to return to the Maritime Museum. Though initially closed just for the refurbishment, sadly Covid-19 has made it even more difficult to get volunteers, staff and crew in to ensure the refurb goes smoothly. Being one of the few invited to come into the museum and help document these momentous events has been nothing short of an honour, and I hope that I can continue to contribute to the Hull: Yorkshire’s Maritime Project in future.”

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