Hull Minster is Hull’s most amazing place.
Not only is it as old as the city itself it is one of the few remaining medieval buildings in Hull. It was built by Edward I over 700 years ago for the people to worship in and use as a community hub. The transformation project will see a large open space created in the Nave creating flexibility for a multitude of uses. Facilities will be greatly improved, which includes the instillation of new lighting, heating and sound systems, improvement to electrical cabling and new accessible toilets built. Our heritage will be interpreted and curated in education and engaging ways.
The outcomes of the transformation project will enable us to use the building to its full potential. By doing so, through hiring our spaces within we can become financial stable and surplus income will be used on pastoral and missionary within the wider community, Will can better help care for those in need through improved and new social welfare programmes. We will also be in a solid position to preserve and protect a Grade I listed medieval building.
We will become a high quality performance and arts venue in Hull’s Old Town. This opens further opportunities to develop our Open Arts Access programme to bring free arts and cultural performances to new audiences at times where nothing else is going on in the city. It will attract artists and exhibitions looking for a medium sized venue with professional standard facilities. It will also allow us to develop partnerships with local organisations to produce new and engaging workshops and events.
Hull Minster will become a historical visitor destination by helping curating over 700 years of heritage important to Hull and beyond.
All of the increases activity will expand our volunteer programme, helping job seekers increase their skills, confidence and improve their chances of finding work. This will also provide lonely and isolated individuals a platform to find meaningful friendships.
By focusing on key areas within our building we will restore and re-order Hull Minster in a cohesive manor to maximise impact and achieve our aims. Each part of the project has multiple benefits which all relate to the mission of the church.
Phase 1 - completed December 2016
- Reordered churchyard - remove the wall to welcome people in, rather than presenting a physical and psychological barrier, and thus create a large space for community and church events.
Phase 2 - complete Autumn 2017
- Nave - reorder the furniture to create a large, open space reminiscent of the medieval church, but importantly, suitable for concerts, performances, banquets and Christian worship.
- Improving accessibility - reconfigure the entrance area to enable access for all and install accessible toilets, a hearing loop, and renewed disabled access ramps
- Visitor centre / shop - create a space for visitors to engage with our heritage and begin their learning journey. Develop a bright, enjoyable shop..
- Servery and open seating - construct a portable kitchen servery and develop kitchen facilities.
- Staff / volunteer / green room - create an accessible and safe area for storage and changing with hand washing and shower facilities, and a small kitchen preparation area.
- Heating - install underfloor heating; at present the church is forbiddingly cold in winter, and both costly and inefficient to heat .
- Sound, light, AV and technical specifications - we will upgrade sound and lighting, install new AV equipment, and improve the mechanical and electrical specification of the building to support a wide range of events.
- St Lukes Chapel - use wheeled pews from the nave during special services, and renovate the chapel and curate the collections of war memorabilia, historic memorials and art.
- Heritage - curate and exhibit heritage collections, and develop interpretive materials and resources to support and encourage life long learning.
- Restoration - revitalise the east end heritage through comprehensive renovation; stained glass windows, stonework and tracery, walls and flooring will all be cleaned and restored, safeguarding our vital heritage for future generations to enjoy.
- Visitor centre / cafe - build a cafe on the South-West corner of the church, with seating situated into the church and out onto the square.
- Kitchen - provides catering facilities for church and community use.
- Choir vestry / teaching room - install multimedia teaching facilities and equipment.
We are halfway through Phase Two. To make our vision into a reality, we need to raise just over £200,000 by the end of summer. We have already raised over £3.2m towards the project through the generosity of individuals, businesses and charitable trusts; now we need your help to cross the finish line.
If you are interested in becoming involved in the project or if you have any questions, please contact our Fundraising Manager, Jonny Bottomley, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling him on 01482 224460.