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 throughout the whole of the East Riding and North Lincolnshire.
A new website has been launched by the Joining Up the Humber Museums Partnership (JUTHMP), a group of 18 local authority-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,” explains Nial Adams, principal museums officer at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, “and many people within the region are probably unaware of the wide range of museums and galleries within one hour’s 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.
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.”
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.”
In addition to the 18 museums that make up the Joining up the Humber partnership, there are a number of independent museums in our vicinity. These are:
Hornsea Museum (the Stewart Museum)
Holmpton Cold War Bunker
Burton Constable House
University of Hull Art Collection
Information about more exhibitions and events will be added to the website over the coming months.