In a huge boost for culture and heritage in Hull, we’ve announced today that Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) have awarded Hull 2017 £3m to celebrate all things heritage in the city.
This new backing from HLF will help us showcase what’s unique about Hull’s heritage, giving us the opportunity to shout (even louder) about what’s so great about Hull. With HLF as a principal partner, we now have the opportunity to explore the city’s history, landscape, architecture and people in new and imaginative ways.
Chair of HLF, Sir Peter Luff, said: ‘This is an exciting opportunity to celebrate and share Hull’s story; one that includes a bitter Civil War, a role in Britain’s status as a seafaring nation, inspirational stories of the abolitionist movement; and tales of luminaries of British music and film. We’re proud to be supporting this year-long cultural event and look forward to working closely with the City of Culture team as they develop their programming ideas.’
‘The Heritage Lottery Fund’s involvement is thanks to National Lottery players and we hope that our £3m investment will help make a positive impact on Hull’s public profile and economic wellbeing.’
The new funding strengthens the work we’re doing at Hull 2017 to engage communities, develop skills and position Hull as a significant cultural centre and a world-class visitor destination. Martin Green, CEO and director of Hull 2017, said:
‘Our thanks go to Heritage Lottery Fund for coming on board as principal partners and investing in what will be a fascinating as well as exciting year for the city of Hull. Throughout 2017 we will attract new audiences from across the city and beyond, with an entertaining but also provocative cultural programme.’
‘We will ask people to re-examine what they know, or think they know, about Hull and its place in the world through the creative interpretation of stories, history the built fabric of the city and current issues.’
Culture Minister Ed Vaizey added that: ‘This funding will help ensure that Hull’s year as City of Culture 2017 will be engaging and exciting, bringing people together and putting on fantastic events at some of the city’s most well-loved locations.’
It’s not just a boost for 2017 though. This new partnership will enable Hull’s museums, archives, libraries and heritage learning service to host an ambitious programme of events for 2017 and create long-term benefits for the people who live in the city.
Councillor Terry Geraghty, portfolio holder for culture and leisure, and chair of Hull Culture & Leisure, thanked HLF for investing in Hull’s culture and added:
‘This investment is great news, acknowledging the significant role the city’s museums and libraries can play in 2017 and beyond. This is a real boost to help existing and emerging projects, all of which contribute to Hull’s creative and cultural offer.’