NATIONAL CIVILIAN WWll MEMORIAL TRUST
Welcome to the website of the National Civillian WWII Memorial Trust (NCWW2MT)
The aim of the trust is to establish a Home Front Tribute on the site of the former National Picture Theatre in Kingston Upon Hull.
We beleive that the site, with its existing ruins, should be developed for use as a memorial and for educational and community use, and the next door Swan Inn restored and brought back into sympathetic use. The Beverley Road area and the city as a whole will then benefit. It would make a major contribution to the local community, education for children and adults and tourism. The National Picture Theatre, with its national and international significance, is a unique and distinctive survival, and has the potential to draw visitors from the region, the UK and abroad.
The National Picture Theatre is a focus for the city's wartime memories and for the remembrance of those who served on the Home Front. People and communities matter, and the Council must take the strong feeling of people living in the city in to consideration. We should never forget that it was the courage and bravery of the previous generation of our city and nation that stood together against tyranny, death and destruction to allow us the freedom to speak out. We are using this freedom now to urge the council to acknowledge the value of this building which, more than any other stands as a unique and powerful reminder and symbol of Hull's extraordinary fortitude during the war.
A leaflet was launched on the 17th March 2010 to raise awareness of the Trust's aims and to raise much needed funds. A copy can be viewed and/or downloaded from this site. Click on 'Downloadable PDF Files' in the menu on the lefthand side of this page.
However, please be aware that the leaflet needs at least three important updates, and it is expected that a new leaflet will be produced halfway through 2013.
Updates will include:
The owner's applications for Planning Permission and Listed Building Consent to convert the National Picture Theatre and the Swan Inn into a restaurant with flats above has now been WITHDRAWN.
The Trust's applications for Planning Permission and Listed Building Consent to preserve and develop the National Picture Theatre and the Swan Inn into a Home Front Tribute were passed unanimously by the Planning Council in September 2011.
The bomb that damaged the National Picture Theatre fell on the evening of the 18th May 1941, and not the 17th as it states in the leaflet.
This website was established on Saturday 22nd August 2009.
It was last updated on Thursday 9th May 2013.