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One of the best rooms in the city is being restored as part of a major programme to refurbish the Maritime Museum.

The frieze, column capitals and ornate mouldings surrounding the historic ceiling of the Court Room within the Grade II listed building are being conserved and cleaned by specialists to bring them back to their original splendour.

The team from Lincoln Conservation, on behalf of Simpson (York) Limited, are five weeks into an eight week programme of cleaning. Once cleaned, the areas for repair will be repainted.

The Court Room within Hull Maritime Museum
It will be one of the best rooms in Hull once again
Decades of dust, dirt and smoke has built up
Conservators clean the ornate mouldings
The team must have a head for heights
Working from a scaffolding platform
One of the biggest challenges is when doing this kind of work is access and positioning as it can be difficult working on overhead surfaces for such extended periods.
It takes quite a while to do
You can see the remarkable difference
When cleaning the carvings, it involves dipping cotton wool into a cleaning solution
It is then pressed into the carvings until it sticks in place
It is then left for five to ten minutes before removing it