Conservation and Engagement Officer, Stathis and volunteers treat objects from the Maritime Museum collection

Conservation in Action: Volunteers lend a helping hand to conserve maritime objects

Volunteers are helping to conserve artefacts from Hull Maritime Museum.

Working with the Conservation and Engagement Officer, the small team of volunteers will carry out practical conservation tasks to ensure the objects are in the best possible condition for when they go on display in the refurbished museum as well as preserving them for years to come. Objects range from ship’s figureheads to hand tools and bronze plaques.

The volunteers who have dedicated years to the maintaining the Arctic Corsair have been contributing remotely over the past two years to share their knowledge of the ship and Hull’s fishing industry, but the conservation sessions are a chance for the long-established team to meet regularly in person again.

As major refurbishment works get underway to the Arctic Corsair and Maritime Museum, a temporary workshop has been set-up in the Museums Quarter for volunteers to complete the conservation work. Visitors are welcome to pop by on Tuesday and Thursday mornings, between 9.30am – 12.30pm, to see the progress and hear about more about the Hull Maritime project.

Councillor Daren Hale, Leader of Hull City Council, said: “The Conservation in Action sessions allow us to benefit from the dedication of the Arctic Corsair volunteers. By contributing their time and care to the conservation of our precious maritime collection they will make a real difference to the objects we have come to cherish.”

David Gill, volunteer tour guide, said: “It’s great to be back and fantastic to meet the crew again. There are some interesting artefacts to work on.”

Hull Maritime is funded by Hull City Council and The National Lottery Heritage Fund, encompassing the redevelopment of five historic sites in Hull city centre: the transformation of the Grade II* Hull Maritime Museum and the Dock Office Chambers, the creation of a new visitor attraction at the North End Shipyard and the restoration two historic vessels, the Arctic Corsair and Spurn Lightship.

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