Paul Bristowe, Head of Marine, with volunteers from Immingham Museum
A floor dedicated to the overview of the history of the Port of Immingham has been officially opened at Immingham Museum by Associated British Ports (ABP) in the Humber.
Called the ABP Room, it is the result of a financial donation given by the UK’s largest port operator in 2022 to help the town’s museum enhance its digital offering.
Simon Bird, Regional Director of ABP Humber said: “ABP are proud to support the town’s museum in the telling of our stories, which are intertwined. The strong links between Immingham and the port are told in the story of our industrial heritage and how the area developed connecting it to the rest of the world to become the leading port it is today Through the telling of these to a wider audience it also showcases the career opportunities in the ports.”
John Trevitt, from Immingham Museum said: “We are very grateful and proud to be supported by ABP. This has enabled us to significantly improve our existing displays and create what we believe to be a unique experience in the new ABP docks’ room. Unusually for a Museum using the latest digital technology, we can now show the area's economic past, present and dynamic future.
Visitors will be able to see in real time live information of the area's shipping, rail, and aircraft movements. This is streamed to three large screens together with spectacular contemporary, historical and aerial video footage.”
The first-floor room is dedicated to the history of the port and enhances people’s understanding of its beginnings from coal exports to the UK’s largest port by volume of tonnage handling around 46 million tonnes of cargo every year.
Videos being streamed in the room show the modern-day port, and the daily operations from cargoes being handled to vessels coming in through the lock.
Based in Immingham Civic Hub, the museum staffed by volunteers, opened in 1970 and its main theme is the history of the port of Immingham, and the Mayflower pilgrim connection. Entry to the museum is free and it is open Tuesday, Wednesday, and Saturday, 1pm to 4pm. For more information on the museum visit the website here.