Hull History Centre

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

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.

How to read old handwriting

  • 30 July 2014 2-4pm

Do you struggle reading old documents?
Join us for a couple of hours of fun as we guide you though how best to approach old documents and offer tips on how not to panic when faced with old handwriting!

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Cost: £5
Numbers limited to 12 per session
Payment will be taken at the time of booking.

Design your own home

  • 6 August 2014 10am-1pm

A castle, tree house or lighthouse?
Draw, paint of use our Lego to design your own home

Let your imagination run wild at the History Centre this August with our free family activities celebrating the work of architect Francis Johnson

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free. There is no need to pre-book just drop-in

Masquerading as a Georgian

  • 13 August 2014 10am-1pm

A costumed actor dressed as a Georgian gent will tell you all about his world. Listen
to his stories then make your very own Georgian mask.

Let your imagination run wild at the History Centre this August with our free family activities celebrating the work of architect Francis Johnson.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free

There is no need to pre-book, just drop-in

Stained glass window design

  • 20 August 2014 10am-1pm

Who or what would you like to see in a stained glass window?
Create a masterpiece to display at the History Centre or take it home with you.

Let your imagination run wild at the History Centre this August with our free family activities celebrating the work of architect Francis Johnson

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free

There is no need to pre-book, just drop-in.

Looking after your own documents

  • 20 August 2014 2pm

Every home has a treasure trove of personal and family history information, and many irreplaceable documents can be at risk from deterioration or damage. This session explores the different types of documents commonly found in the home, the possible dangers to their survival, and information on how to care for them and properly preserve and organise them.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Cost: £5
Numbers limited to 12 per session
Payment will be taken at the time of booking.

City of the future

  • 27 August 2014 10am-1pm

Draw, paint or use our Lego to create a cityscape for the 22nd century.

Let your imagination run wild at the History Centre this August with our free family activities celebrating the work of architect Francis Johnson

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free

There is no need to pre-book, just drop-in.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.
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