Volunteers are being recruited to assist with a project to conserve and repair the National Picture Theatre on Beverley Road.
Currently in the second round development stage of a National Lottery Heritage Fund application, long term plans for the site includes repair and conservation works, as well as the restoration of the façade of the building alongside its heritage features.
Now Hull City Council, together with the National Civilian World War II Memorial Trust (NCWW2MT), are appealing for volunteers who will play a pivotal role in securing the funding and restoration of the site.
Volunteering duties will include a range of opportunities, including marketing, events planning, historical research, physical conservation work, community gardening, as well as project evaluation and staffing of the site once restored and open to the public.
Councillor Daren Hale, Portfolio Holder for economic investment, regeneration and planning, land and property said: “The National Picture Theatre is incredibly important to Hull so it is imperative this work goes ahead to protect the remains.
“Crucial to ensuring the long-term sustainability of the site and the NCWW2MT is the recruitment of additional members and the development of a strong and active volunteer base.
“Our ward councillors in the area are also very keen to see volunteers from the community local to Beverley Road and will be reaching out to nearby residents for their support.
“The roles are varied and offer the chance for volunteers to learn a whole host of new skills, alongside the conservation of this significant site.”
The recruitment of volunteers will be open throughout the project and anyone interested is encouraged to complete the online questionnaire, available until Sunday 18 October here.
The second stage of the project bid will be submitted in November with a result expected Spring 2021.
[Jenny Langrick – Hull City Council]