Hull People's Memorial

Officers Dugout
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Hull Remembers is currently raising a memorial to the people of Hull who lived through the bombing of the city in World War I & II. Our hands-on exhibition centre displays images of Hull at war, artefacts from WW1 & II and a number of real, deactivated, weapons which may be handled by our visitors.

We also offer a free military research service and can help to decypher complicated military records.

Visits from schools, college, youth groups, clubs and societies are always welcome and we are also happy to bring a selection of our favourite artefacts along to you. We can offer talks suitable for all age groups, 6 to 106, and offer a wide range of subjects. Our talks and presentations can be booked for anything from 15 minutes to a whole day.

Venue Type:

Campaign or initiative, Museum, Archive

Opening hours

Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 4pm.

Admission charges

Admission is free although we do welcome donations towards the Hull Peoples Memorial fund.

Getting there

Travelling from Queen Victoria Square, we are on the right hand side of Whitefriargate, just beyond Heron Frozen Foods.

Additional info

We believe that history should be hands-on and visitors are positively invited to bring their cameras and snap away to their heart's content.


Collection details

Weapons and War, Science and Technology, Social History

Key artists and exhibits

  • 1892 Gewehr 91 (Transval)
  • 1909 Mauser Barrel (German)
  • 1911 Mauser (German)
  • 1911 Colt .45
  • 1913 Lee Enfield P13 .303 SMLE (British)
  • 1914 Vickers P14 .303 (British)
  • 1914 Lee Enfield P14 Mk VII .303 SMLE (British)
  • 1917 Lee Enfield No.3* .303 SMLE (British)
  • WW1 Swift Training Rifle
  • WW1 Lee Enfield No.3* .303 SMLE (South African)
  • WW1 Lee Enfield No.3* .303 SMLE (British) - burnt relic from Polcapele
  • WW1 Lee Enfield No.3* .303 SMLE HT (British)
  • WW1 Vickers Machine Gun (British)
  • WW2 Lee Enfield No.4 .303 SMLE (British)
French 1936 WW2 MAS Rifle

French MAS Mle.1936 (MAS-36) rifle.

Manufactured by Manufacture d'Armes de Saint-Étienne (MAS) it was officially adopted by French military in 1936, they were used during WW2 with most only being issued to front line units. It has a clever removable spike bayonet that can be fitted quickly.

World War Two Short Magazine Lee Enfield Rifle


A World War Two S.M.L.E. (called a 'smelly' by the soldiers) No 1 MK3 rifle. We hold several of these rifles with manufactured during, and prior to, the Second World War. All have the characteristic square protective fore sight blade wings and at least one was "FR" - Factory Repaired in post war; a good indication of continuous service use.

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
The Hull Trench and Officers Dugout

The Hull Trench and Officers Dugout

  • 2 June 2014 — 16 December 2018 *on now

The Hull Trench and Officers dugout represents a section of the front line, not too far from the fallen Madonna of Albert. Complete with a Great War Lewis machine gun, trench periscope, sniper port and assorted trench debris and artefacts, visitors will need to make sure they keep their heads down as there is no telling who may be watching across no-man's land. Unlike many sections of the front, there is a complete ban on smoking due to the number of explosives and rockets amassed in this area.

The Officers Dugout is stuffed full of genuine period artefacts to grab your attention and even includes a number of personal items such as books, sent to the front by a loving mother as a Christmas present in December 1914. If only they could talk...

Suitable for

  • Any age


Admission is free but all donations towards the Hull People's Memorial Fund will be very welcome.


Getting there

Travelling from Queen Victoria Square, we are on the right hand side of Whitefriargate, just beyond Heron Frozen Foods.

Hull People's Memorial
22 Whitefriargate
(Moving to 8-9 Whitefriaargate, July 2017)
Kingston upon Hull
East Riding of Yorkshire



General helpline, Exhibition Centre and office


Museum and Gift Shop

07856 178885

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