THE TOWN’S historic and unique silver collection will remain in Hedon and will not be loaned out for permanent exhibition in Hull.
The decision, taken by the Hedon Town Council in a recorded vote last night, maintains the status quo regarding the silver; it will be locked securely away and used only for silver shows arranged exclusively by Hedon Town Council.
There had been a proposal on the table for the town silver to be on permanent display in Hull in an exhibition that would showcase the town’s unique silver alongside the Hull City Council silver and that of Hull’s Trinity House. It was believed that this would create a silver collection of international and historical significance. However, Councillors saw this as ‘giving up’ the silver collection – which had been in Hedon’s care for over 300 years – to Hull. There were also concerns about the security and safety of the collection if loaned out to a third party.
Hull City Council Chief Executive, Darryl Stephenson, had offered to come and speak to a meeting of Town Councillors about the proposal, which would involve the Trinity House Master Warden conducting a feasibility study – but the decision taken by the Hedon Town Council Property Meeting rules out any further Hedon involvement.
A recorded vote on the matter taken at the Property Meeting resulted in seven votes in favour of maintaining the status quo and two votes against.