Hull: Yorkshire Maritime City


hsd has recently completed exciting new interpretation and exhibition concepts for the Hull: Yorkshire Maritime City (HYMC) project, working with the appointed multidisciplinary design team and Hull City Council for their £27.4m major maritime heritage programme.

HYMC is the long-awaited vision for embedding Hull’s heritage and identity into the DNA of its future prosperity. It is fundamental to the core growth of the city as a visitor destination, and it will pave the way for wide-ranging outcomes for heritage, people and the community. HYMC will make a real difference to Hull’s heritage, which will be better conserved and presented. Concepts have been informed by extensive consultation with a focus on celebrating Hull’s extensive maritime assets and collections to take visitors on an emotional journey through the City’s maritime past, present and future.

Two historic vessels, the Arctic Corsair and the Spurn Lightship, will have improved access, presentation and interpretation providing a more engaging visitor experience. At the Maritime Museum, interpretative developments will result in improved levels of access, environmental conditions and facilities, as well as a completely transformed visitor experience. Exhibitions will present the story of Hull through a new thematic narrative using a dynamic blend of digital media AV, artefacts and interactives.

David Maddocks, hsd Senior Project Designer, commented, “I am delighted to have been involved in developing the creative design solutions for this important project. The entire team here at hsd are proud to have envisioned design proposals that will breathe new life into the Maritime Museum, historic vessels to enable people to reconnect with the City’s rich maritime heritage.”

A pop-up consultation exhibition designed by hsd is currently being staged at a range of venues in and around Hull until the end of July, informing people of the progress made to date and giving residents opportunities to comment on the proposals.