Described as Hull's hidden gem, hiding in plain sight, Holy Trinity was built in the late 13th century and for over 700 years has played a significant part in the religious and social life of Hull and its people. Throughout its history the church has been, in effect, a prime repository of Hull’s own heritage. The phases of the church’s history encapsulate the story of Hull itself and it is our duty to tell that story.
We currently have printed literature giving a general overview of the building's history and memorials, and a number very knowledgeable volunteers who put on guided tours, which provides an excellent platform to build upon.
As part of the development project we will curate and exhibit heritage collections, and develop interpretive materials and resource to support and encourage lifelong learning. We will coordinate our heritage with the national history and local RE curricular to ensure it is relevant, stimulating and adding value to academic visits.
We will work with local interest groups, historians, historical societies and academics to develop materials which reveal our colourful and vibrant past using technology and hands on exhibits to bring our story to life.
We will comprehensively renovate the stained glass windows, stonework, tracery, walls and flooring to safeguard them for future generations and bring to the fore wonderful new exhibits which tell stories about our maritime history, war time experiences, our graveyard archaeology and extensive memorial collection.
To truly appreciate the heritage visitors must feel comfortable within the environment. The construction of the toilet extension which will provide adequate facilities for visitors, including accessible toilets. The new underfloor heating system and improved lighting for displays will improve general comfort levels.
Below is a breakdown of how the key elements of the development project will benefits our heritage:-
Visitor centre / shop
- Provides guides, tours, books and information about the history and heritage of Holy Trinity and other nearby
- Acts as afocal point for the heritage learning journey
- Enables volunteers to participate in heritage retail activities
Flexible meeting / teaching room
- Provides multimedia facilities and room ideal for educational workshops
- Provides opportunity to run heritage workshops and crafts with public and school groups
- Acts as a meeting place for tours
Interactive heritage displays
- Illuminates over 700 years of Hull's religious and civic history
- Tells untold stories about key Hull people throughout the ages
- Explains the significance of the building's architecture, art and civic history
- Provides a richer visitor experience with a broader range of interactive material
- Enables a wider range of learning opportunities for children and improves the learning experience for schools
- Work with local historical societies and the University to develop the displays
- The creation of a Heritage Officer to look after the historical elements of the church
Reordering of the nave
- Enables the building's architecture and grandeur to be properly appreciated
- Returning the nave to the wide open community space designed by the medieval architects
- Enables heritage performances, such as play, early music and dance
- Installation of a universally accessible toilet (DDA compliant)
- Child and baby changing facilities
- Offers a perfect viewpoint to enjoy the building's architecture
- Draws people in who would not otherwise have visited the church
- Provides refreshment to heritage tourism visitors
St Luke's Chapel
- Creates a new piece of heritage for future generations
- Preserves, refocuses and interprets the current memorials making space for new ones
Reordered church yard
- Enables visitors to walk right up to the church without any barriers
- Encourages visitors to approach the church
- Provides a safe and level point of entry for visitors