Hull Guildhall Collection and the Hull Tapestry

Following the appointment of a Curator of the Guildhall, work is now underway to document and research its expansive and important collection for the very first time. As a result the collection will increasingly be opened up for the public's benefit.

The Guildhall houses a fascinating and high quality public collection that includes fine art, sculpture, furniture, the Civic Insignia and silver. Through the years the collection has grown through Royal favour, civic commissions, donations and good fortune. It provides a fascinating insight into the local history of Kingston upon Hull and some of its leading personalities through the ages.

With acres of oak and walnut panelling and marble floors and staircases, the Guildhall is a prestigious historic building in its own right. The Guildhall, designed by the architect Sir Edwin Cooper, was completed in 1916. However, many of the items in the collection date back to well before this, some even from Hull's medieval history.

A general and informative tour of the Guildhall can be booked, in advance, by phoning the Guildhall Chief Superintendent's office on 01482 615045 or the Guildhall Curator on 01482 613902.

The Hull Tapestry can also be viewed at the Guildhall and is on open display near reception.

Venue Type:

Gallery, Historic house or home

Opening hours

Available times for both the Hull Tapestry and Guildhall Tours are:
Monday to Thursday: 8.30am - 4.30pm
Friday: 8.30am - 3.30pm

Closed: Saturday and Sunday

Admission charges

Admission free

Collection details

Architecture, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Maritime, Personalities, Social History

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.

Commission Impossible

Commissioning and design process of a major piece of silvercraft for Hull's Guildhall. The resource illustrates the production of the piece, from the initial brief through to the finished work, in a series of video interviews with the artist.


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

The Mysterious ‘Lost Wax´ Process

Find out about the 'lost wax' process, and the creation of a portrait sculpture from its commission right through to the final piece. Each stage of the process has been filmed, photographed and narrated.


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

Hull Guildhall Collection and the Hull Tapestry
Hull City Council
East Yorkshire


Guildhall Collection

Hull Tapestry



01482 613902

Chief Superintendent

01482 615045

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