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Expansion of the Maritime Museum of Hull progresses thanks to funding from the Wolfson Foundation

Hull City Council has received £150,000 from the Wolfson Foundation to support the renovation of the basement of the city’s maritime museum, as part of its recent round of £1.5million heritage grants.

The Wolfson Foundation grant will support the creation of a bespoke teaching room in the renovated museum, where the Hull Maritime team will deliver a new learning curriculum for local primary and secondary schools.

This successful application will accompany the transformation of the museum’s basement, which will be fitted out like the hold of a ship, adding “fun and atmosphere” to school group sessions.

The museum is currently being refurbished as part of Hull Maritime, a £30million project funded by Hull City Council and the National Lottery Fund. This latest support brings the museum’s fundraising efforts to a total of £1.2m and moves closer to its £2.6m target.

Scheduled to reopen in early 2025, the museum’s transformation includes revealing the original architecture, opening more of the building to visitors, and planning exhibitions and presentations using never-before-seen material.

Councilor Mike Ross, Leader of Hull City Council, said, “We are delighted to have received this important funding from the Wolfson Foundation, which will help us realize our vision for our exciting learning program.

“Hull is a city built on its maritime past and it is great to see that this project will tell young people the many stories of discovery, triumph, hope and disaster.

Wolfson Foundation Chief Executive Paul Ramsbottom said: “The Wolfson Foundation aims to support civil society by investing in research and education – certainly more crucial at this difficult time.

“Our latest round of awards demonstrates the importance of capital funding to communities across the UK. New buildings, renovations and equipment funded by the Foundation will support learning, improve well-being and advance scientific research. Although many and varied, the projects have one thing in common: they are places where people can connect and they support imaginative and excellent work.

Hull Maritime is funded by Hull City Council and the National Lottery Heritage Fund, the locally led project includes the redevelopment of five historic sites in Hull city centre: the transformation of the Class II* Maritime Museum and the Dock Office Chambers , the creation of a new tourist attraction at the North End shipyard and the restoration of two historic ships, the Arctic Corsair and the Spurn Lightship.