Hull History Centre

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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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 2014: Whitefriargate - the Changing Face of the High Street

  • 11 September 2014

In this talk, Alex Codd, Chief Planning Officer of Hull City Council will describe this street in the heart of Hull's medieval Old Town and its development as the home to several major clearing banks and major retailers such as Woolworths, Marks and Spencer and Burton the Tailors, interspersed with small businesses and coffee houses. Alex will examine how this important street evolved over time, the impact of the development of the major new shopping facilities and the challenges and opportunities which are now presented as it redefines its role in the life of the city.

Admission

Please refer to the Heritage Open Days website for booking details and timings.

Website

http://www.heritageopendays.org.uk/directory/whitefriargate-the-changing-face-of-the-high-street

Heritage Open Days 2014: The City of Hull & the Rank Family

  • 11 September 2014

This talk by Dr. John Higgs, Secretary of the Joseph Rank Trust, will explore the early days of the life of Joseph Rank, the pioneer flour miller and one of the most famous sons of Hull. His life became synonymous with hard work, compassion and Christian philanthropy. The talk will also highlight the emergence of the Rank Organisation, founded by one of Joseph's three sons, J. Arthur Rank.

Admission

Please refer to the Heritage Open Days website for booking details and timings.

Website

http://www.heritageopendays.org.uk/directory/the-city-of-hull-the-rank-family

Heritage Open Days 2014: The Scandalous Case of Thelwall vs. Yelverton, 1861

  • 11 September 2014

Jill Crowther will tell the intriguing and amusing tale of a case heard in the Dublin Courts, which caused a frenzy of media interest throughout the land. John Thelwall lived in Hull and the family home played an important part in the events leading up to the 1861 case involving bigamy and intrigue, centred on the two most colourful characters, Carlo Yelverton and Theresa - the woman who was, or was not, his wife! There were daily briefings , press coverage with verbatim accounts of the court proceedings and portraits and ballads sold on the street corners. Curious sightseers fought for seats in the Dublin court.

Admission

Please refer to the Heritage Open Days website for booking details and timings. Discovery zones include quizzes, rocks and minerals, Victorian toys and the chance to dress up in historical costumes.

Website

http://www.heritageopendays.org.uk/directory/the-scandalous-case-of-thelwall-vs.-yelverton-1861

Heritage Open Days 2014: J Arthur Rank and the British Film Industry

  • 11 September 2014

This talk by Professor Niel Sinyard will explore the life and work of J. Arthur Rank who is, without doubt one of the most important figures in the history of British film. In his talk, Professor Sinyard will survey the film career of J. Arthur Rank from its origins in the mid 1930s to its peak in the immediate post war years. Certainly for lovers and scholars of British film, J.Arthur is one of Hull's greatest sons, for his contribution to his country's cinematic culture and heritage was, and remains, of incalculable value.

Admission

Please refer to the Heritage Open Days website for booking details and timings.

Website

http://www.heritageopendays.org.uk/directory/j-arthur-rank-and-the-british-film-industry

Heritage Open Days 2014: The Fascinating life of Zachariah Charles Pearson

  • 12 September 2014

Local historian Dr. John Markham has long been fascinated in Hull's colourful characters and one of these is Zachariah Charles Pearson - a story of rise and fall which rivals anything in fiction. At a young age Pearson made his name in shipping, earning the jealousy of older-established men. To crown his first term as Mayor of Hull he donated the park which bears his name. Then everything went spectacularly wrong - he lost his fleet, went bankrupt and had to resign as Mayor. But, whatever his faults and misfortunes, he did provide Hull with a splendid park.

Admission

Please refer to the Heritage Open Days website for booking details and timings.

Website

http://www.heritageopendays.org.uk/directory/the-fascinating-life-of-zachariah-charles-pearson

Heritage Open Days 2014: The Beverley Road Conservation Area and its Future

  • 12 September 2014

In this illustrated talk, conservation expert Hillary Byers looks at properties in the Beverley Road Conservation Area and asks what are the features that makes the area 'special'? How will the recently announced Townscape Heritage Initiative help?

Admission

Please refer to the Heritage Open Days website for booking details and timings.

Website

http://www.heritageopendays.org.uk/directory/the-beverley-road-conservation-area-and-its-future

photograph of ww1 trawler

From the Great War - To Ghost Ship of Gryviken

  • 12 September 2014 3-4pm

This talk by famous local maritime historian Dr. Rob Robinson of the University of Hull, will tell the story of the remarkable career of the steam trawler Viola and the lives and times of those whose lives were touched by her.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Please refer to the Heritage Open Days website for booking details and timings.

Website

http://www.heritageopendays.org.uk/directory/from-the-great-war-to-ghost-ship-of-gryviken

photograph of poppy

WW1 Mobilization - Hull and its Army Support the Country

  • 13 September 2014 11:30am-12:30pm

Hull made a major contribution to mobilisation of troops to support the war effort - this is the story behind the facts.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Please refer to the Heritage Open Days website for booking details and timings.

Website

http://www.heritageopendays.org.uk/directory/ww1-mobilization-hull-its-army-support-the-country

Heritage Open Days 2014: From Wool to Containers: A story of Hull the Port City

  • 13 September 2014

The city of Kingston Upon Hull had its origins in the port of Wyke established in 1193. Trade flourished and in 1293 Edward 1st changed the name to Hull. The development of this purpose built city port accelerated from the late 18th century up to the First World War. This talk explores the story of Hull at the centre of an International trade hub with all the cargoes, prosperity, disease and labour issues that this implied. Rob Bell of the History Troupe will set the historical context and use short stories and verse to make the narrative come alive. Hull History Troupe is a collective of writers, musicians, artists and performers dedicated to explore history from the bottom up.

Admission

Please refer to the Heritage Open Days website for booking details and timings.

Website

http://www.heritageopendays.org.uk/directory/from-wool-to-containers-a-story-of-hull-the-port-city

Blimp

Hull at War - Zeppelins Over the City!

  • 13 September 2014 11:30am-12:30pm

When the Zeppelins first drifted across the sky of Hull, no one really knew what to expect. The Zeppelins had a very distinctive sound, they were of mammoth proportions and on a clear night it was sometimes even possible to see the crew working in the gondolas.

On the 16th June, 1915 strong winds prevented Kapitan Leutnant Mathey reaching London, so after following the railway lines from Bridlington, he guided the Zeppelin towards Hull. War on a scale never before imagined had arrived in Kingston Upon Hull. Twenty four people lay dead with forty houses and shops destroyed.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Please refer to the Heritage Open Days website for booking details and timings.

Website

http://www.heritageopendays.org.uk/directory/hull-at-war-zepplins-over-the-city

Heritage Open Days 2014: Kingston Communications: 110 Years of Innovation

  • 13 September 2014

Andy Whale, Director of Operations at local communications provider KC, will trace the history of the company from its roots in 1904 to the present day, highlighting key transformational changes during this period and bringing to life the experience of employees and customers.

Admission

Please refer to the Heritage Open Days website for booking details and timings.

Website

http://www.heritageopendays.org.uk/directory/kingston-communications-110-years-of-innovation

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.

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.

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.

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.
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