With Hull named as City of Culture 2017, the teams behind the museums throughout the Humber region have over the last year joined forces to encourage visitors to explore the rich array of museums, galleries and visitor attractions – many of which are free of charge – throughout not only the city, but also the East Riding and North Lincolnshire.
www.joiningupthehumber.co.uk has been launched by the Joining Up the Humber Museums Partnership, a group of 18 local council-operated visitor attractions around the region. Funded by Arts Council England, it brings together the expertise of the three authorities’ museum services to raise the profile of all 18 attractions. Especially highlighting events taking place across the Humber region to mark the centenary of World War I, the website makes it easy for both residents and visitors to the region to find great events and exhibitions across all 18 sites.
“The Humber region is culturally and historically extremely rich, and many people within the region are probably unaware of the wide range of museums and galleries within one hours’ travel time. Our new website is packed with great ideas for days out on the doorstep of anyone living to the North or South of the Humber estuary, from Scunthorpe to Beverley,” explains Nial Adams, Principal Museums Officer at East Riding of Yorkshire Council , “This year, there are a host of new exhibitions, events and learning opportunities throughout the region, all brought conveniently together in the new website as a ‘one-stop-shop- for planning fantastic days out for everyone.”
Alongside the website, JUTHMP marks a new collaboration between the three museums services to share ideas, expertise and even collections across the region. “With so much focus across the country on the centenary of the breakout of World War I, this project enables us to tell the story of the Great War from several different perspectives, with the exhibitions and events at each site complementing those of the other attractions,” comments Simon Green, Assistant Head of Sports, Leisure and Heritage for Hull City Council. “If a visitor has enjoyed an exhibition at a Hull city museum, we are able to recommend that they head over to a rural site to learn more, whilst anyone coming into the region on a holiday or a short break will have a comprehensive selection of days out to enjoy during their stay.”
Councillor John Briggs, cabinet member for asset management, culture and housing, said: “I am delighted for North Lincolnshire Museum Service to be working alongside the other museum services in the Humber region. This is a fabulous opportunity for us to work together. Our in-house design team designed the Joining up the Humber Museums website, which we are extremely proud of as it shows the wealth of museum services on offer across the Humber.
“This project will bring lots of new and exciting events to North Lincolnshire. We are already planning on holding a garden fete in July, which is something we wouldn’t have been able to do without the funding . The project will be launched at the end of March in North Lincolnshire at Normanby Hall Country Park. This is going to be just the start of all the great exhibitions and activities to get involved in this year as part of this project.”
Across the group, World War I-themed exhibitions planned for 2014 include “In Memoriam, Reflections on War by Martin Waters” at Beverley Art Gallery, “When War Hit Home: Hull and the First World War” at the Ferens Art Gallery in Hull, and “For King & Country: The First World War in North Lincolnshire” at North Lincolnshire Museum in Scunthorpe. Information about more exhibitions and events will be added to the website over the coming months.
For more details, please visit www.joiningupthehumber.co.uk.