Hull’s Time Ball drops for the first time in 100 years

After 100 years, Hull’s Time Ball is back in action! The historic timekeeping device rises again, restored to its former glory.

Watch our video above as the Hull Time Ball comes to life for the first time in over 100 years.

The Time Ball is located on the top of the Guildhall clock tower, 60m above ground level. It’s the highest Time Ball in the UK and one of the last to be built.

It is also one a few working time balls left in the UK, and one of the last remaining examples of this type of timekeeping in Britain.

Students from Oldfleet Primary and Priory Primary created a new piece of music for the Guildhall carillon. The music was also showcased at the Time Ball launch this week.

Hull City Council and The National Lottery Heritage Fund funded the restoration of the Time Ball. The project included returning the Time Ball to full working order, renovating the clock tower, and installing a new internal mechanism.

The Time Ball is now back in its rightful place on our skyline, and a reminder of Hull’s maritime history.

Hull’s Time Ball is part of a £30 million invest into the city’s Hull Maritime project.

Visit the Hull Maritime website to learn more.