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29th March 2019

Hull Maritime Museum will temporarily close to the public to undertake a range of technical intrusive surveys, as the £27.4m Hull Yorkshire’s Maritime City project steps up a gear

The closure from 1pm on Wednesday 3 April will enable a specialist company to complete surveys to ahead of its major refurbishment. The museum will re-open as normal on Saturday 6 April at 10am.

Simon Green, Director of Cultural Services at Hull Culture and Leisure, said: “There is a great deal of work being undertaken behind-the-scenes as we prepare to submit a round-two bid to the National Lottery Heritage Fund in May and this is part of it.

“These surveys are necessary for any project of this scale and will be carried out sensitively on the listed building. We hope residents and visitors will understand the need for the short closure.

“The work will check the detailed construction of the building for those areas that have been hidden for decades and will help us finalise the detailed designs to develop a 21st century museum.”

Caroline Rhodes, Collections Curator, said: “This is a great undertaking and with the help of curatorial team, a significant amount of care will be taken to move the many objects and artefacts to enable the work to take place.”

The council was awarded initial support of £1.37m from the National Lottery Heritage Fund to help the city tell its important maritime story. Now, a round-two bid is being prepared ready for submission in late May 2019. If successful, approval will release the full grant of £13.6m and this ambitious project will come to fruition.

It is hoped the museum will re-open as normal on Saturday 6 April at 10am.