Dan Snow to formally open Hull History
20th May 2010
Hull's new History Centre is to be formally opened by historian
and broadcaster Dan Snow on Monday 7 June.
A ceremony will take place at the History Centre in the morning
where Dan Snow will unveil a plaque to mark the occasion. He will
go on to deliver a public lecture on 'The Importance of History' at
the Guildhall in the afternoon - with a live link on to a screen in
the History Centre where more people can watch (read on for how to
Hull is the first city in the UK to bring together its city and
university archives, local studies resources and specialist staff
into one hi-tech building. It's a partnership between Hull City
Council and the University of Hull and was made possible thanks to
a generous £7.7m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) - one
of the largest amounts given to any archive project in England.
Since opening to the public on 25 January 2010, over 18,000
people have visited the History Centre - well above the targets set
for the centre's first year.
Bringing this impressive new facility to Hull was no mean feat.
This event will celebrate the success of the project so far,
recognise the work of all those involved, and continue to raise
Hull's profile nationally.
Dan Snow is a regular contributor to the BBC1 One Show and has
recently presented TV programmes on Britain's naval history, and on
the fall of Quebec in 1759.
His lecture will take place at the Guildhall at 2.15pm on Monday
7 June, and the live webcast can be viewed by members of the public
at the History Centre. Tickets for both venues are free and
available from the History Centre, Worship Street, Hull, tel:
(01482) 300 300.
Dan Snow said: "Hull has a fascinating history so I'm really
looking forward to visiting the impressive new Hull History Centre
and making some discoveries in the archives.
"I'm sure the building itself is the envy of archivists
everywhere, but I've been equally impressed by 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."
Portfolio holder for image and culture, Councillor John Robinson
said: "The Hull History Centre represents a significant investment
in the city and is proving a great success. It's a great resource
for local people, and it's helping to promote Hull as a cultural
destination and challenge perceptions of the city. I look forward
to marking the History Centre's contribution to Hull at the event
Martin Taylor, city archivist for Hull City Council, said: "We
look forward to welcoming Mr Snow to Hull in June to mark the
formal opening of the History Centre. In many ways our history is
reflected in the way we lead our lives, and I am sure he will have
many interesting things to say about this in his talk."
Judy Burg, university archivist said: "This formal opening is a
way of celebrating the success of the History Centre project so far
and giving recognition to the large number of individuals and
organisations which helped to make it possible.
"Creating a space to enable people to
explore history for many different reasons was at the heart of this
project, so we are pleased to be able to offer free tickets to the
lecture as part of the celebrations."