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Grimsby Fishing Heritage Centre launches project to uncover hidden stories of maritime art collection

Destroyer in Dry Dock, 1944 by Ernest Worrall. Grimsby Fishing Heritage Centre collection.

Grimsby Fishing Heritage Centre has been awarded £5,000 funding from the Humber Museums Partnership as part of its Small Grants programme for Humber region hidden stories from independent museums and Heritage Groups.  

The funding has been awarded for an exciting project working with young people to research and share the stories hidden within the museum’s maritime art collection.

Based on the old saying that a picture is worth a thousand words, young participants will have a unique opportunity to research the hidden histories behind within the impressive collection of maritime artworks held by Grimsby Fishing Heritage Centre. The museum hopes to uncover the hidden stories of those who worked and sailed on the ship’s working out of the iconic Grimsby Dock. Participants will be invited to write a 1000-word monologue based on real or imagined characters from the history of their chosen painting. The artworks will be displayed at Grimsby Fishing Heritage Centre, alongside recordings of actors performing the monologues. Visitors to Grimsby will also be able to follow a special art trail, leading to reproductions of the artwork on display throughout the town centre.

Councillor Callum Procter, portfolio holder for economic growth, housing and tourism at North East Lincolnshire Council, said: “This project is an exciting opportunity to share the stories behind our fantastic art collection and offers a unique opportunity for young people to gain experience behind the scenes in a museum. Bringing reproductions of the paintings out of the museum and into the community is really exciting and will hopefully encourage people to visit Grimsby Fishing Heritage Centre and engage with more of Grimsby rich heritage.”

Louise Bowen, Collections Officer for Grimsby Fishing Heritage Centre and lead officer on the project, said: “We are delighted to have secured this funding from Humber Museums Partnership. Grimsby has a rich and varied connection with its maritime heritage, and we are thrilled to have the opportunity to demonstrate how the museum’s art collection can tell those stories from perspective of the people who have lived and worked in this area for centuries.”

A Thousand Words opens summer 2022.

If you are aged 18-25 and are interested in being involved with the project, please contact Grimsby Fishing Heritage Centre’s Collection Officer, Louise Bowen on (01472 323345) or email louise.bowen@nelincs.gov.uk.

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