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New Grim and Havelock exhibition coming to Fishing Heritage Centre to celebrate all things Grimsby thanks to National Lottery Heritage Funding

1:30 pm, Friday, 2nd February 2024 - 4 months ago

Culture, events and tourism

A new exhibition is set to be launched at Grimsby Fishing Heritage Centre, celebrating the heritage and culture of the town, thanks to support from the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

The Greatest Story Never Told will be held in the Doughty and Muriel Barker Gallery from Saturday 10th February to Sunday 30th June 2024, organised by The Equality Practice.

The non-profit organisation have been working on the event tirelessly and hope to showcase some of the amazing stories from around Grimsby as well as celebrate the stories of those who live in it.

Directors Tracy Todd and Jill Wilson are hoping the exhibition will give people a chance to understand the history of Grimsby and make them feel part of the town they live in.

Tracy said: “We believe people should have the opportunity to thrive where they live and a sense of pride in their community.”

Jill added: “large projects like this help to do that by involving and inviting people from all age ranges and groups. We have people aged from 7 to 90 contributing to this event, including school children, writers and artists.”

She added: “We want to help as many people as possible feel included during this five month exhibition, from people who are born here to people who have come to live here.”

The front of the building of Grimsby Fishing Heritage Centre
Grimsby Fishing Heritage Centre

The event retells the 12th century story of Grim the trader and his escape from Denmark with Prince Havelok who founded the town we know today.

Tracy said: “We want to celebrate this legend and have asked others to tell us their own legends from the countries they have come to Grimsby from. The idea has been on the go for seven years now and we’re honoured to be able to bring this to the residents.

“It’s also been great to work alongside schools, artists and other organisations to bring this to life. We hope it can help to make everyone feel included in the town and give them something to enjoy.”

10 local schools have helped to create the exhibition which will showcase some of the town’s most impressive historical artefacts as well as telling the story of its origin.

This includes the original seal of Grimsby which was created in the 13th century. With items like this on show, Louise Bowen, Collections Officer at the Fishing Heritage Centre, is excited to welcome the public to the exhibition and thanks the National Lottery Heritage Fund for their help.

“We’re really pleased to be working with The Equality Practice again and supporting the work they have been doing with the community as well as sharing the story of Grim and Havelok with the town.”

Councillor Hayden Dawkins, Portfolio Holder for Culture, Heritage and the Visitor Economy added: “Grimsby Fishing Heritage Centre became a National Portfolio Organisation in 2023, with direct funding from Arts Council England and National Lottery Heritage Fund, meaning we can continue to develop projects with community groups and create exciting events and exhibitions at the museum.”

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