Hull is proudly known as Yorkshire's only Maritime city with over 800 years of history in trade, fishing and exports. Hull Maritime Project was launched in 2017 to recognise the importance of this heritage, following the success of UK City of Culture 2017. It celebrates Hull's outstanding maritime past, present, and future by creating a world-class visitor destination. 

Thanks to funding from Hull City Council and The National Lottery Heritage Fund, this transformational project promotes and protects Hull’s maritime history and is one of the largest regeneration projects to be delivered in the city. Expected to be completed in the coming years, it will offer visitors a unique opportunity to explore and learn about Hull's maritime story.

Some of the projects next to be complete in 2024 and into 2025 include The Spurn Lightship, The Arctic Corsair and Hull Maritime Museum.
Hull Maritime Museum in Hull City Centre

What is the project all about?

Hull Maritime Project involves the restoration of 5 of Hull’s key maritime heritage assets. A varied programme of cultural events will be delivered throughout the project that aims to add £5.5m to the local economy each year plus attract an estimated 300,000 visits to the sites within the first year after fully opening. 

Five historic maritime sites are being refurbished and preserved: Hull Maritime Museum, Dock Office Chambers, North End Shipyard, Queens Gardens, Guildhall Greenwich Time Ball, plus two ships: the Arctic Corsair and the Spurn Lightship.

What restoration work is being done?

A number of projects have already been completed but there is still an exciting programme of regeneration yet to come over the next two years…

From October 2022: Dock Office Chambers work is complete. Dating from the 1890s, this building will house collections and artifacts vital for research and conservation.

From June 2023: Hull’s Guildhall Time Ball restoration. It’s the highest in the UK and one of only a few still operational today. It reflects the importance of maritime timekeeping.

From Feb 2024: Free guided walks will start (ran by volunteers) plus family-friendly activities

Spring 2024: The Spurn Lightship is expected to reopen to visitors. Built in 1927, this lightship was crucial in guiding ships in the Humber Estuary.
Early 2025: North End Shipyard is expected to open to visitors and attract 135,000 visitors a year. It’s at the very heart of Hull’s maritime and trade history.

Early 2025: The Arctic Corsair is expected to open to visitors at North End Shipyard in its new dry- berth and it symbolises our trawling history and national significance.

Spring 2025: Hull Maritime Museum is expected to reopen in 2025 after major refurbishment and is one of the recognisable buildings in Queen Victoria Square.
Mid-2025: Queens Gardens improvements are expected to be complete by 2025 and will transform the former shipping dock into an accessible space for all with plenty of seating and biodiversity.

Hull Guildhall in Hull City Centre

Where can I find more information about Hull Maritime Project?

• Learn more about the Hull Maritime Project at

• Find out what has been achieved so far at

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