A harbour porpoise. Picture Chrys Mellor
A harbour porpoise. Picture: Chrys Mellor

Go wild with pictures and stories to help Hull’s maritime project

People are being asked to gather pictures and stories of wildlife in the region for a future display at the refurbished Hull Maritime Museum.

The Hull Maritime project team, working in partnership with Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, is looking for interesting historic wildlife examples linked to the River Hull and Humber and also contemporary stories, sightings and photos.

A new display will look the natural history of Hull surrounding the River Hull and the Humber. The final timeline will illustrate a natural history of the area looking at fascinating examples from the past and inspiring ones from the present.

Stories to feature in the display will include the blue whale stranded in the Humber in 1835 and the beavers that were plentiful along the banks of the River Hull in the early Middle Ages.

A redshank. Picture Tom Marshall

A redshank. Picture: Tom Marshall

Robin Diaper, curator of maritime and social history at Hull City Council, said: “Now we’re allowed out a bit more, we’d like your help in gathering material for a future display at the Maritime Museum.

“This time we’re celebrating the maritime natural heritage that surrounds the River Hull and Humber. We would love to hear about your exciting sightings along the River Hull or Humber as your suggestions will help create a new permanent display.

Photos will be shared online and used for reference. A final edited collection of the examples and information provided by Yorkshire Wildlife Trust will form part of the new permanent displays at the newly refurbished Hull Maritime Museum.

Send contributions to hymc@hullcc.gov.uk, via @Hullmaritime on Facebook and Twitter or at maritimehull.co.uk.


Earl De Grey
Houses at the Alexandra Gardens housing development in east Hull.