The Hartlepool Maritime Experience is a recreation of an 18th Century Seaport and comprises the Historic Quay, HMS Trincomalee and Museum of Hartlepool. This well established feature of Hartlepool provides a fantastic day out and gives visitors the opportunity to experience life in a historic port and learn about naval activities such as being press ganged and fighting in battles.
The Maritime Experience is close to Hartlepool Marina, which was redeveloped in the 1990s, and is now a vibrant place to meet friends and grab a bite to eat. The project was part funded with European Regional Development Fund money and continues to be a great draw for visitors to the coastal town.
The North East has received billions of pounds of investment over the decades from the EU. We are a net recipient of EU funds and the North East is entitled to more European funds than any other English region. The European Social Fund alone paid £157 million into the North East from 2007-2013. The European Regional Development Fund guaranteed £255 million between 2007 and 2013. Over the next five years the North East will get £726m in EU funds. The North East is also a net recipient of EU funds, which means for every £1 that we put in, we get £10 back—as well as the original £1.