Developing skills and exploring ways to reveal and sustain the heritage

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Thanks to lottery players investment, we have an opportunity to strengthen and grow Hull Minster for the future. The Resilient Heritage project is equipping the Minster with structures, systems, and management information to enable them to manage the asset for future generations, equip the teams with skills to undertake projects which make the Minster sustainable and help the Minster team to understand, evaluate and plan for future projects.

So far, we have employed consultants in many areas to help us improve our ways of working and help us determine what our heritage is and how we should care for it.

Lousie Hampson from the Centre for Christianity and Culture at the University of York has been helping us identify special treasures that have never been seen by the public and identifying ways in which we might share this heritage in future. She has worked with architect, Andrew Boyce to appraise and bring in specialist surveyors to assess the conservation needs of some items. We are looking forward to revealing this heritage in the years to come. She has been training volunteers and staff how to conserve and record our heritage.

We are developing our volunteer strategies with the help of consultant, Alex Lindley. She is working on volunteer management, recruitment, training and development so that we ensure that our volunteers have meaningful and fulfilling roles with training.

Through activities such as consultancy, peer mentoring and bench-marking, we are undertaking a thorough review of our business activity and will find out about the kinds of business activity and community and education engagement activity that we could undertake. These would be both compatible and sympathetic to the Minster’s historic setting in the Old Town of Hull and in its responsibility to be an active and growing church. Members from our teams have been to see similar heritage and church buildings to find out what works from them and bring back some best practice. Our ambition is that the heritage is better maintained and self-sustainable and that our conservation ambitions are supported and funded leaving a legacy of growth and enjoyment.

Our board of Trustees, the Parochial Church Council, is receiving mentoring and training so that it can make the kinds of decisions we need in future years. Finance and fundraising are crucial parts of charitable organisations such as churches, so we have two consultants working with our teams to improve their skills in these areas. Members of our teams have also attended external training courses funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Our project aims to complete by the end of March 2020. We have much to learn and are excited at the prospect of developing our knowledge and skills for years to come.

Hull Minster is a priceless asset for our city and region but one that, not too long ago, was neglected and facing a perilous future.  The great doors we have entered through could have closed for ever. Now they are open again and a new chapter has begun.”
—  Rev Canon Dr Neal Barnes, May 2017