Hull Maritime Museum raids city seafaring archives for Humberside nautical geneaology

By Culture24 Staff | 21 May 2010
a black and white photo of a group of men on a quayside

Exhibition: Maritime Connections - Ancestors at Sea, Court Room, Hull Maritime Museum, Hull, until September 7 2010

Hull's Maritime Museum has launched a new exhibition exploring the city’s maritime archives for people who are keen to trace their family's seafaring history.

Maritime Connections - Ancestors at Sea sees the Museum team up with the Hull History Centre and the Carnegie Heritage Centre to show people the wealth of information and maritime records available to people in Hull.

Three fascinating examples of what local people have discovered in their own family histories are brought to life, including one case that goes back to the 1904 Russian Outrage when the Russian Navy fired on a Hull fishing fleet with devastating consequences.

a photo of a poster glimpsed through a tear in a piece of metal

A section from a Hull ship, complete with shell holes inflicted during the "Russian Outrage", is on display

The exhibition reveals how the information was gathered, from the initial enquiry through each step of the family history research and the stories uncovered along the way.

Items from the Museum help illustrate each case, in this instance a piece of the ship complete with shell holes, as well as personal effects of the enquirer’s ancestors.

Designed to respond to the ever-growing appetite for family history, the exhibition fuses genealogy, archives and local collections. According to a survey by the national archives, around five million people are "actively interested in tracing their family history” and with 'family history' ranking as one of the most popular terms searched for on the internet, staff are hopeful the exhibition will appeal to many.

a black and white photo of a woman in nautical gear on a pier

Cases explored in the show stretch back as far
as 1904

"After visiting our displays many people want to research their own family's links with the sea,” said Tom Goulder, assistant curator of maritime history at Hull Maritime Museum. “This exhibition will show the abundance of information available at the History Centre and the knowledge of volunteers at the Carnegie Heritage Centre."

The Ancestors at Sea exhibition is part of the Maritime Connections project which is externally funded by Renaissance in the Regions Yorkshire Museums Hub. Its aim is to help Hull Maritime Museum reflect the communities it serves.

Images courtesy Hull City Council

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