Hull History Centre

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The History Centre brings together the material held by the City Archives and Local Studies Library with those held by the University of Hull and includes:
- the City’s borough archives, dating back to 1299
- records relating to the port and docks of Hull
- papers of companies and organisations reflecting Hull’s maritime history
- papers of notable individuals including Andrew Marvell, Philip Larkin and Amy Johnson
- records relating to local and national politics and pressure groups
- over 100,000 photographs, illustrations; maps and plans and newspapers

The Centre is open to everyone, free of charge.

Venue Type:

Library, Archive

Opening hours

Mon Closed
Tues 9.30 - 5.30
Wed 9.30 - 7.45
Thurs 9.30 - 5.30
Fri 9.30 - 5.30
Sat 9.00 - 4.30 on 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month

Closed: Sun, all bank holidays

Admission charges

No admittance charge

The collections date back over 700 years and have both local and national significance. They include:

Local and family history resources.
Maritime records including whaling log books, fishing crew lists and the records of the Ellerman's Wilson line
An extensive collection of Second World War records
Personal papers of literary figures including those of the poet Phillip Larkin, and the author Winifred Holtby
Records relating to local and national political figures, campaigners and pressure groups.

Collection details

Trade and Commerce, Sport, Social History, Personalities, Maritime, Literature, Law and Order, Archives

Key artists and exhibits

  • Larkin
  • Ellerman's Wilson Line
  • Amy Johnson
  • Hull
  • Whaling
  • Family History
  • Census
  • Yorkshire Film Archive
  • University of Hull
  • Hull City Archives
Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Heritage Open Days

Heritage Open Days: TALK -'The Life and Works of Cuthbert Broderick - Architect 1822 - 1905'

  • 10 September 2015

Cuthbert Broderick was born in Hull in 1822, the son of a rich merchant and became known as 'the man who built Leeds', including the Leeds Town Hall and the beautiful Corn Exchange. He also designed the Grand Hotel in Scarborough - the largest in Europe.

In this talk, John Scotney, local historian and Chairman of Hull Civic Society, gives a fascinating insight of another of Hull's pioneering people.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.heritageopendays.org.uk/directory/talk-cuthbert-broderick

Heritage Open Days

Heritage Open Days: TALK - 'The Foundations of Kingston Upon Hull C.1299AD'

  • 10 September 2015

Formerly known as Wyke upon Hull and owned by the Cisterian Monks of Meaux Abbey, the earliest settlement may have been in the Viking age (hence the name Wyke - a meandering stream or shallow inlet). It was granted to the monks in a grant of land by Mathilda de Camin in 1160. In 1293, King Edward 1 was returning from his Scottish wars when he visited the thriving little port He was so impressed he bought it from the monks for £78 and renamed it Kingstown Upon Hull. It was therefore a 'Royal Foundation' giving the town privileges and prestige. Thus was founded Kingston Upon Hull, 716 years ago.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.heritageopendays.org.uk/directory/talk-edward-the-1st

Heritage Open Days

Heritage Open Days: Talk - 'Renaissance of Hull's City Centre and the Fruit Market'

  • 10 September 2015

Chief Planning Officer Alex Codd and Project Director Garry Taylor, will provide a first hand update on the major public realm programmes aiming to transform the look of the City Centre and the Fruit Market, which will be come a focal point of the City's emerging cultural scene.

This is an unique opportunity to ask questions and give your comments on the biggest public realm projects in the city in the last forty years and to meet two of the people who are making it happen.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.heritageopendays.org.uk/directory/talk-new-buildings-of-hull1

Heritage Open Days

Heritage Open Days: TALK - 'Heron Foods from small shop on Holderness Road to National Food Chain'

  • 10 September 2015

Over the years, Hull has established itself as a breeding ground for small retailers which have gone on to shape the country's retail industry and become national retail chains.

Heron Foods is one of these and in his talk, Mike Igoe, Commercial Director of Heron Foods, will describe the growth of his company from its origins in 1979 on Holderness Road to a company with over two hundred stores nationwide and a very sophisticated distribution centre based in Melton.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.heritageopendays.org.uk/directory/talk-heron-foods-from-small-shop-on-holderness-road-to-national-food-chain

Heritage Open Days

Heritage Open Days: TALK - 'Dearest Old Creature' the lives and letters of Eva Larkin

  • 10 September 2015

This talk is given by Dr. Philip Pullen, the Media and Publicity Officer of the Philip Larkin Society. Ever since the publication of the Selected Letters in 1992, the significance of Philip Larkin's correspondence as a vital source for providing insight into every aspect of his life and work has been widely acknowledged. However, there is another, largely unpublished area of Larkin's letter writing that can provide yet more valuable insights into many aspects of his life.

These are the letters written by Larkin to his parents and, in particular, to his mother Eva. The Larkin archive at the Hull History Centre holds over 5000 pieces of correspondence between Philip and Eva Larkin, written between 1940, when Larkin went up to Oxford to begin his studies at St. John's College and in 1972, when Eva entered a nursing home and began to succumb to dementia. What do these letters add to our understanding of Larkin as a man and as a writer and what do they tell us about the importance of his relationship with his mother?

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.heritageopendays.org.uk/directory/talk-dearest-old-creature-the-lives-and-letters-of-eva-larkin

Heritage Open Days

Heritage Open Days: Hull History Centre

  • 10 — 11 September 2015

Talks are once again taking place at the History Centre, on Thursday 10th and Friday 11th September, which will give you an opportunity to explore this amazing building. See talks section of the brochure.

The History Centre opened in 2010 bringing together the material previously held by the City Archives, the Local Studies Library and the University of Hull. They include the city's borough archives, which date back to 1299 and include the city's first charter granted by Edward 1, a hand signed letter from Henry VIII as well as papers of notable local individuals such as Philip Larkin, Amy Johnson and William Wilberforce.

A comprehensive set of family history resources can also provide a good starting place for any local people keen to find out more about their ancestors and how they lived. The building itself is also noteworthy, in particular the pergola structure running down the length of the south side.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.heritageopendays.org.uk/directory/hull-history-centre1

Heritage Open Days

Heritage Open Days: TALK - 'The Settlement at the end of the World'

  • 11 September 2015

This settlement 'at the end of the world' as it was described, is an almost forgotten episode in the history of Holderness. Jill Crowther looks at the national background to its establishment, the social problems of its urban families and the stresses on the long standing local Community.

Sunk Island is still a remote place at the edge of the Humber estuary. The open landscape with its wide skies as described by the writer Winifred Holtby, who used it as the setting for one of the themes of her last novel 'South Riding.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.heritageopendays.org.uk/directory/talk-the-settlement-at-the-end-of-the-world

Heritage Open Days

Heritage Open Days: TALK - 'Lord Duveen' The most spectacular Art Dealer of all time

  • 11 September 2015

He was the man hired to re-decorate Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle. Joseph Duveen, who was born in English Street in Hull, transformed the art market by selling the work of European Masters to the high flying wealthy industrialists of America in the first half of the last century.

In this talk, Geoffrey Rhodes, owner of the Duveen Gallery in Humber Street, presents an interesting story of one of the most influential but little known sons of our city.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.heritageopendays.org.uk/directory/talk-lord-duveen

Heritage Open Days

Heritage Open Days: Talk - 'How the Civil War began at the Beverley Gate in 1642'

  • 11 September 2015

An old engraving from 1640, shows how strategically important this town was. Henry the VIII had ordered the construction of a castle, curtain walls and two blockhouses in the 16th century. The reign of King Charles 1st began with ruptured relations with his Parliament mainly over taxes, culminating in the Civil War. In 1642 King Charles visited Hull, he had visited previously, storing arms and gunpowder in the town following his failed wars with the Scots. However, Parliament ordered the Governor, Sir John Hotham to maintain the town and forbid the King to enter. The Governor ordered the Gates to be closed and drawbridges drawn up. The King then declared Hotham a traitor and rode away. Known affectionately as 'The plot to take Hull' it was decided to debar the King entry.

In this talk local historian Peter Askwith Cowan explains how it really was, that the Civil War started at the top of Whitefriargate.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.heritageopendays.org.uk/directory/talk-how-the-civil-war-began-at-the-beverley-gate-in-1642

Heritage Open Days

Heritage Open Days: TALK - 'Ferens and Gelder' - Makers of Modern Hull

  • 11 September 2015

In the 19th and early 20th centuries, Hull was fortunate enough to have a number of remarkable men who were not only successful in their own businesses and professions, but also made a major contribution to the development of the Hull we know today.

Local historian and Mail columnist, Dr John Markham, has selected two from from the group, T.R Ferens and Sir Alfred Gelder, both of which had a significant impact on the town of Hull - or City as it became in 1897.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.heritageopendays.org.uk/directory/talk-ferens-and-alfred-gelder

Heritage Open Days

Heritage Open Days: Talk - 'Exploiting The Philip Larkin Archive'

  • 11 September 2015

The Philip Larkin Archive at Hull History Centre contains a vast collection of items relating to the life and work of Philip Larkin. The bulk of the collection contains three types of material: literary manuscripts, correspondence and family photographs and documents. In addition, there are many personal items belonging to Larkin, including his collection of jazz records, clothing and other everyday items. All of these provide an extremely valuable resource for literary, social and historical research and tell us much about Larkin the man as well as Larkin the writer.

This talk by Dr Philip Pullen, will examine some of these items and their importance for understanding the life and work of one of the greatest poets of the 20th Century.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.heritageopendays.org.uk/directory/talk-exploiting-the-philip-larkin-archive

Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

The Censorship of Horror Comics

http://www.mylearning.org/overview.asp?journeyid=234

Should young people´s reading material be censored? This resource investigates the debate surrounding horror comics and the Harmful Publications Bill of 1955, through examination of newspaper articles from the 1950s, collected by the pressure group the National Council for Civil Liberties.

Publisher

  • This resource was produced as part of the MLA-funded My Learning project.

Blue Socks - The School Uniform Debate

http://www.mylearning.org/overview.asp?journeyid=240

A resource about the debate over school uniform rules over the years, including the Blue Socks Case where pupils were banned from taking exams, or even suspended or excluded from school for not wearing the correct uniform.

Publisher

  • This resource was produced as part of the MLA-funded My Learning project.

Documenting our Past

http://www.mylearning.org/overview.asp?journeyid=561

Learn how to become a local historian by researching and interpreting old documents from the past.

Publisher

  • This resource was produced as part of the MLA-funded My Learning project.

Documenting Our Past

Led session.
A schools workshop for KS2 & 3.
Students develop key skills while exploring a timeline of Hull from its origins as Wyke to the Blitz and beyond through our archive and local studies collections.
This session complements Hull Museum Education's 'Tour Through Time' and 'Hull's Hidden History' led sessions.

Local History Pack - A how to guide

http://www.mylearning.org/overview.asp?journeyid=390

Tips and Sources for Local History research including a list of useful local history websites.

Publisher

  • This resource was produced as part of the MLA-funded My Learning project.

Women´s Rights - The Equal Pay Debate

http://www.mylearning.org/overview.asp?journeyid=235

A look at campaigns by women for equal employment rights in the 1940s.

Publisher

  • This resource was produced as part of the MLA-funded My Learning project.

Hull History Centre
Worship St
Kingston-upon-Hull
East Yorkshire
HU2 8BG
England

logo: Heritage Open Days 2014

Website

Explore our collections, services and events online

www.hullhistorycentre.org.uk

E-mail

Enquiries and mailing list

hullhistorycentre@hullcc.gov.uk

Telephone

Enquiries

01482 317500

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