Hull Maritime Museum

A photo of a large museum building in a busy city centre

Founded in 1912 the Maritime Museum moved to the old Dock Offices in 1974. The Dock Offices were formerly the home of the Hull Dock Company until 1893, when North Eastern Railway took over the running of the docks.

The shareholders' Court Room, now used for temporary exhibitions, is a highly decorated piece of Victorian architecture. The room has a frieze of cherubs displaying the coats of arms of the European cities that Hull traded with.

Hull dominated the Arctic whaling trade in the early nineteenth century and there is an outstanding collection of whaling artefacts. This includes skeletons of the whales themselves, the tools and weapons, as well as personalia, journals and logbooks. There are fine contemporary paintings of the ships and the largest collection of scrimshaw (the folk art of the whaler) on this side of the Atlantic.

The museum also tells the story of the city's involvement in fishing, initially in the North Sea and then out to Norway, Iceland and Greenland, with models ranging from small cobles and smacks to the huge modern stern trawlers. From the Middle Ages the core of Hull's trade was with the Baltic and Scandinavia. The Wilson Line, founded in 1831, began trading by importing iron ore from Sweden but by 1903 was the biggest privately-owned shipping company in the world.

The transition from sail to steam is exemplified by models and decorative arts (glass, pottery and silver). Throughout there are examples of the paintings by outstanding local marine artists such as John Ward and Henry Redmore.

Part of the Designated Collections of national importance relating to the city and region of Kingston upon Hull are on display here.

Venue Type:

Museum, Ship or maritime heritage site

Opening hours

Mon-Sat : 10.00-17.00
Sun: 13.30-16.30
Last admission 15 minutes before closing

Admission charges

FREE

This museum has a Designated Collection of national importance.

Key artists and exhibits

  • Designated Collection
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Pirates

Pirates & Privateers

  • 4 July — 27 September 2015 *on now

This family friendly exhibition explores our fascination with pirates and their roots in our past. Exciting loans will include Johnny Depp’s costume from The Pirates of the Caribbean film, Aardman animation figures and genuine weapons of the time. Plus, your chance to find out what a pirate smelt like! This fun and informative exhibition will highlight pirate links to Hull and the North Sea as well as the broader history of these mythical characters from history and culture.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free Entry

Website

http://www.hullcc.gov.uk/museums

Nick Sharratt

Pirates, Pants and Wellyphants: The Illustrated World of Nick Sharratt

  • 17 October 2015 — 10 January 2016

A new exhibition focusing on the world-renowned children’s illustrator and author, Nick Sharratt is coming to Hull. It brings to life Nick’s colourful world of instantly recognisable characters. His distinctive illustrations have captured the imagination of children across the globe, depicting characters from books including ‘The 100 Mile An Hour Dog’ by Jeremy Strong, Jacqueline Wilson’s ‘The Story of Tracy Beaker’, the hugely popular picture book ‘You Choose’ and the hilarious ‘Ketchup on your Cornflakes’, written and illustrated by Nick.

Pirates, Pants and Wellyphants promises to entice young and old alike into Nick’s world of vibrant and humorous characters, creatures and food. The exhibition tells the story of how he became an illustrator, what inspires his work, and brings to life Nick's characters through fun, 'hands-on' displays.

Pirates, Pants and Wellyphants is a touring exhibition organised by 20-21 Visual Arts Centre, Scunthorpe and developed in collaboration with darts (Doncaster Community Arts) and The Civic, Barnsley. This project has been supported by Arts Council England.

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 11-13
  • 14-15

Admission

Free Entry

Website

http://showstoppers.org.uk/

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Photography: James Mulkeen

Fun Day with Nick Sharratt: Book signing and craft activities

  • 17 October 2015 10am-4pm

Meet Nick Sharratt and ask him to sign your favourite book in the Ante Room. Nick will be breaking for lunch between 12.30pm and 1.30pm.
Explore the exhibition, take part in a drawing activity and make your own Sharratt inspired badge in the Court Room.
Suitable for all ages
Drop-in. We expect this event to be very busy so please be prepared to queue.

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 11-13
  • 14-15
  • Any age

Admission

Free Entry

Website

http://showstoppers.org.uk/

Pirate Pete

Nick Sharratt Story Telling Session

  • 21 October 2015 11am-1pm

Come and hear and see some of the stories that Nick Sharratt has brought to life!
Suitable for age 3 to 11 years.
Drop-in. Places are limited so please arrive early to avoid disappointment

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 11-13

Admission

Free Entry

Website

http://showstoppers.org.uk

Pirate Pete

Nick Sharratt Craft Activities

  • 26 October 2015 11am-1pm

Inspired by the exhibition, create your own illustration!
Suitable for age 3 to 11 years
20 places available. *Booking is essential
*To book a place on this activity call Heritage Learning on 01482 318733 Mon – Fri

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 11-13

Admission

Free Entry

Website

http://showstoppers.org.uk/

Pirate Pete

Nick Sharratt Craft Activities

  • 29 October 2015 11am-1pm

Inspired by the exhibition, create your own illustration!
Suitable for age 3 to 11 years
20 places available. *Booking is essential
*To book a place on this activity call Heritage Learning on 01482 318733 Mon – Fri

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 11-13

Admission

Free Entry

Website

http://showstoppers.org.uk/

Pirate Pete

Nick Sharratt Colourful Characters Workshop

  • 31 October 2015 10am-4pm

Join artist Dom Heffer to create your own colourful, crazy characters, to take home! All inspired by the Nick Sharratt exhibition. Bring a packed lunch.
Suitable for ages 4 to 11 years
20 places available. *Booking is essential
*To book a place on this activity call Heritage Learning on 01482 318733 Mon – Fri

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 11-13

Admission

Free admission

Website

http://showstoppers.org.uk/

Pirate Pete

Time Troopers: Nellys Wellyphants

  • 14 November 2015 11am-1pm

Cut, colour and design your own wellyphants inspired by the Nick Sharratt exhibition. Suitable for age 16 years and under
Drop-in

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 11-13
  • 14-15
  • 16-17

Admission

Free admission

Website

http://showstoppers.org.uk/

Pirate Pete

Nick Sharratt Story Telling Session

  • 17 November 2015 11am-1pm

Come and hear and see some of the stories that Nick Sharratt has brought to life!
Suitable for age 3 to 11 years.
Drop-in. Places are limited so please arrive early to avoid disappointment

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 11-13

Admission

Free Entry

Website

http://showstoppers.org.uk/

Pirate Pete

Nick Sharratt Stop Motion Animation Masterclass

  • 21 November 2015 10:30am-4pm

So you want to be an animator? Join author of Animation Studio, Helen Piercy for a full day stop motion animation masterclass inspired by the Nick Sharratt exhibition. Create your own characters and bring them to life. Bring a packed lunch.
Suitable for age 7 to 12 years
20 places available. *Booking is essential
*To book a place on this activity call Heritage Learning on 01482 318733 Mon - Fri

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 11-13

Admission

Free Entry

Website

http://showstoppers.org.uk

Pirate Pete

Nick Sharratt Craft Activities

  • 5 December 2015 11am-1pm

Inspired by the exhibition, create your own illustration!
Suitable for age 3 to 11 years
20 places available. *Booking is essential
*To book a place on this activity call Heritage Learning on 01482 318733 Mon – Fri

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 11-13

Admission

Free Entry

Website

http://showstoppers.org.uk/

Pirate Pete

Nick Sharratt Story Telling Session

  • 7 January 2016 11am-1pm

Come and hear and see some of the stories that Nick Sharratt has brought to life!
Suitable for age 3 to 11 years.
Drop-in. Places are limited so please arrive early to avoid disappointment

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 11-13

Admission

Free Entry

Website

http://showstoppers.org.uk/

Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Folk Art and The Whalers

http://www.mylearning.org/overview.asp?journeyid=464

Learn about the folk art of Whaler's called Scrimshaw and how to develop research skills. Scrimshaw resulted from a creative pastime encouraged by the Captains for whalers in long periods of waiting for the whales.

Publisher

  • This resource was produced as part of the MLA-funded My Learning project.

Connect>Create 2010

http://www.mylearning.org/overview.asp?journeyid=611

Creative responses by young design students to Hull's collection of paintings illustrating the history of shipping, the romance of the sea, what it was like to be pressed into naval service, life on board a whaling ship or being ‘nipped in the ice’.

Publisher

  • This resource was produced as part of the MLA-funded My Learning project.

Local Heroes: Hull's Trawlermen

http://www.mylearning.org/overview.asp?journeyid=549

Explore the inspiring history of Hull’s fishing industry and discover when fishing in Hull started, how Hull docks developed and what it was like to live and work within Hull's fishing community. Find out about the impact of Hull's largest maritime tragedy - the 1968 Triple Trawler Disaster.

Publisher

  • This resource was produced as part of the MLA-funded My Learning project.

Voyage to the Arctic: A Whaler's Tale

http://www.mylearning.org/overview.asp?journeyid=550

Looking at Hull's whaling industry, how whales were caught and processed, the products of whaling and life and work onboard a whaling ship. The resource also explores global whaling issues today.

Publisher

  • This resource was produced as part of the MLA-funded My Learning project.

Hull Maritime Museum
Queen Victoria Square
Hull
East Yorkshire
HU1 2AA
England

Website

www.hullcc.gov.uk/museums/maritime/index.php

Telephone

Kingston Upon Hull County Council

01482 610 610

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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