(Above) Dan Snow peruses just some of the archives at Hull History Centre.
Broadcaster and historian Dan Snow was in Hull yesterday to officially open the city's History Centre on behalf of Hull City Council and the University of Hull.
Guest of honour Snow unveiled a plaque to commemorate the occasion, which brings together its city and university archives, local studies resources and specialist staff into one hi-tech building.
The broadcaster was then given a guided tour of the impressive new centre – a building made possible thanks to a £7.7 million Heritage Lottery Fund grant which was one of the largest amounts ever given to an archive project in the UK.
Snow said the "wonderful" building "marries the old with the new so well"
As part of the tour, staff put together a display of original material held at the centre spanning 11 centuries of history from the earliest document, featuring a deed confirming an exchange of land in Bayeux in France from the 11th century, the 1630 Complete Works of John Taylor the Water Poet" and a 21st century memory stick containing 2,558 files from the Socialist Health Association (circa 1998 – 2010).
"I am heartened to see Hull taking such pride in its heritage with this wonderful building that marries the old with the new so well," said Snow.
"The Hull History Centre must be the envy of archivists everywhere, but I've been equally impressed by the way the way staff at the centre are making history exciting and accessible to people of all ages through the events and education sessions they run. Hull should be proud of this unique place."
Dan Snow delivering a speech on the importance of history at Hull's Guildhall
The Centre opened to the public on January 25 2010, housing documents including the city's Royal Charter as well as collections of local, regional and national importance relating to the city of Hull and the surrounding areas, Hull's maritime history, political figures and pressure groups, and prominent figures in literature and drama.
Snow later delivered a public lecture on The Importance of History at the Guildhall, complete with a live screen link to the History Centre.
Images courtesy Mike Park, University of Hull.