It had always been thought that the YMCA has been part of the heritage in the Humber region since 1906.  In order to celebrate 110 years of our local history, YMCA Humber were awarded Heritage Lottery Funding in October 2015 in order to help them record and document the Rich History of the YMCA locally.

Working with young volunteers, the aim of the project was to to research the people, buildings, places and activities that have made the YMCA go from strength to strength locally.

And along the way we researched and evidenced that the organisation actually started, above a Grocer’s shop in the Bull Ring of Grimsby in 1882 – but more about that later.

The end of the project has seen the production of a book, video and exhibition, alongside the archive that this website will become and continue to be as new material is discovered and the full extent of our research material is posted on the site by volunteers within YMCA Humber.

We think it is worth remembering what the YMCA and Heritage Lottery Fund had to say about the project when it began in October 2015.

Commenting on the award, Alan Burley, YMCA Humber’s Volunteer and Funding Coordinator said: “We were thrilled to have received the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund and are confident the project will offer a wide range of exciting learning and training opportunities to the young people involved.”

Explaining the importance of the HLF support, the head of the Heritage Lottery Fund in Yorkshire and the Humber, Fiona Spiers, added: “Heritage is not all castles, museums and old buildings. Memories, stories and reminiscences are a very popular way of learning about the past and sharing this with future generations. The YMCA has played an important part in the UK’s history and young people from the Humber area will be able to investigate the role the organisation has played in their local community and share these stories with others.”

We believe that the YMCA – A Rich History project met all of these aims and has delivered a project of both local and national importance.