Celebrate International Museums Day at Hull’s many collections

Published: Thursday 18th May 2017 by Rich Sutherland

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Today is International Museums Day, which encourages people to pay a visit to their local collections.

Hull Museums are operated by Hull Culture and Leisure and offer free entry to a wide range of exhibits. From the birthplace of abolitionist William Wilberforce to attractions that float on water, there’s so much to discover right here on your doorstep.

Spread across the city centre, Hull Museums have two main hubs of heritage and culture. The first is Queen Victoria Square, which is home to the Ferens Art Gallery and the Maritime Museum.

The second is the Museums Quarter on the High Street, consisting of Wilberforce House, the Hull and East Riding Museum, the Streetlife Museum and the Arctic Corsair trawler.

Then there’s the Hands On History museum in Trinity Square and the Spurn Lightship on Hull Marina, offering very different peeks into the past.

Each museum presents a different experience. Whilst the newly renovated Ferens Art Gallery houses a magnificent collection of paintings and sculptures, Streetlife contains reconstructions that share two centuries of transport history.

We spoke to Malcolm Dunn, Audience Development Officer, to find out more:

“Museums are the repository of a place’s culture and history. They’re a way to keep us all grounded and connect us to our past.”

“A generation has been born following the fishing industry’s decline, with our links as a medieval trading centre long gone. Museums keep these stories alive and relevant.”

Hull Museums also organise multiple events for children and families. Object handling at the Maritime Museum offers the opportunity to investigate certain items from the collection.

The topic this summer is whaling, with objects including a massive vertebra and a harpoon used by Hull whalers. Sessions take place every Thursday from 12:30pm until 2:30pm and are suitable for all ages.

Transport Tots at the Streetlife Museum is run by Heritage Learning. Perfect for under 5s, little ones can play with toy cars, trains and planes, get involved with crafts, sing songs and listen to stories. These fun activities run on Mondays during term time from 10am until 11:30am.

Another exciting event is the Medieval Hull Gallery Tour at the Hull and East Riding Museum. The next one is on Thursday 1 June from 1:30pm till 2:30pm and involves the curators guiding groups through the fascinating galleries.

Giving insight into how our medieval ancestors lived and helped to shape the city we know today, the tour covers their society, religion and lifestyle.

Over the last few months, HEY Today has worked with Hull Museums to share articles on a range of historical topics. These include a Viking sword, a set of Bronze Age figurines, the relocation of a Roman mosaic, and what life was like aboard the Spurn Lightship. We’ll continue to post these eye-opening features each Wednesday.

“Our museums are a great way for people outside of the region to understand what we’re all about,” adds Malcolm.

“History doesn’t just teach you about the olden days. It helps everybody, especially young people, to question evidence and dig a bit deeper.”

“Museums in general are also a way to find common similarities between places, which is why today’s celebration is so important. Wherever you go in the world, by popping into one and taking a look around, you learn more about what we have in common than how we differ.”

You can find out more about Hull Museums and what’s on during summer by visiting the Hull City Council website.

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Published: Thursday 18th May 2017 by Rich Sutherland

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