First Maritime Tales Week goes digital from this weekend

Maritime Tales Week, which will take place between Saturday 24 October and Sunday 1 November, is the first of its kind to be delivered by the Hull Maritime project.

Readings from The Owl and the Pussycat is just one of the children's tales to be part of Maritime Tales Week.
Readings from The Owl and the Pussycat is just one of the children’s tales to be part of Maritime Tales Week.

Maritime Tales Week will feature many stories inspired by Hull’s rich maritime heritage, our collections, buildings and vessels. The fun activities will bring the stories to life, letting you discover our past.

In response to Covid-19, all activities are online and available via social media and the Hull Maritime website and there will be something for everyone to enjoy.

The week of story-telling, craft activities, interviews and films will explore the many moving and fascinating stories. It will also include details of the £30m project that will transform the Hull Maritime Museum, Dock Office Chambers, North End Shipyard, Arctic Corsair and the Spurn Lightship.

Hull is one of the great maritime cities of the world, a place where ships and seafarers have come and gone for hundreds of years, leaving in their wakes countless stories of excitement, danger, loss and triumph.

As part of the programme local theatre company, Theatre on the Edge will perform a four-part performance which will follow the harrowing voyage of the Hull whaling ship, The Diana. They are also preparing a very special performance for primary schools in which Captain Gravill, the commander of The Diana, will answer questions that he has been sent by local pupils.  

In addition, people will have the chance to hear poems written by the Hull Maritime Museum’s new Poet-In Residence, along with stories from Hull’s fishing industry and craft activity videos.

Councillor Daren Hale, Portfolio Holder for Economic Investment, Regeneration, Planning, Land and Property, said: “This is the first Maritime Tales Week and while sadly we are unable to deliver the programme at locations across the city, there will be plenty of fun maritime-themed activities, tales and videos for you to enjoy from the comfort of your own home.”

Activities will be shared via @HullMaritime at Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and the website.

Don’t forget to share your photos with us at @HullMaritime #MaritimeTales #HullYMC

[Anna Marshall – Hull City Council]