With its tradition of ocean-going commerce dating back to the Middle Ages, Yorkshire’s maritime city Hull is now celebrating and preserving its seafaring past like never before.
At the heart of this in Queen Victoria Square is the Maritime Museum, a striking example of Victorian architecture that once housed the Hull Docks office. The impressive nautical themed buildings were designed by Christopher G Wray and opened in 1871.
Now home to a fine collection of paintings, artefacts and models, the museum includes exhibits dating back to the late 18th century showing how Hull’s history of whaling, fishing and trawling made the city what it is today.
There is an entire gallery dedicated to Hull's whaling heritage which saw dozens of vessels head towards Greenland in the early 19th century. See personal effects, shipboard items, models, artwork and Inuit artefacts, including a kayak. You can also discover the whalers’ craft of Scrimshaw- with the largest collection in Europe and see a full-sized whale skeleton.
Another gallery looks at the North Sea fishing industry which rose to prominence in the mid-19th century, using of models of various ocean-going vessels, from simple cobles to large trawlers.
Until October 27th the museum is hosting the exhibition “Fisherwomen” from award-winning photographer, Craig Easton exploring the past and present of women working in the fishing community.
Featuring more than 22 large format portraits and landscapes, plus an audio-visual presentation the exhibition highlights the central and essential role women play in today’s demanding industry with their work now done almost entirely behind closed doors in processing factories, sheds and smokehouses.