Literature, drama and music
The History Centre holds a wealth of material relating
to modern literature, drama and music.
Literature and drama material
incredible literary and dramatic background is well represented at
the History Centre. Significant collections are held for
individuals including Philip Larkin [U DPL, U DLN], Alan Plater [U
DPR], John Godber [U DJG], Stephen Gallagher [U DGA], Howard
Sergeant [U DSG], Archie Markham [U DAM], Anthony Minghella [U
DTM], John Godber [U
Holtby [L WH] and Andrew Marvell [L.920 MAR].
In addition to these individuals, the city has
also been home to a number of literary and dramatic clubs and
societies. The existence of such groups is documented in the
records of the Hull Literary Club [C DSLIT], the Hull Literary and
Philosophical Society [C DSL], the Hull Subscription Library [U
DSL], and the Phoenix Players [C DIC].
Miscellaneous survivals of records relating to
such groups can also be found within miscellaneous and individual
deposits catalogued under the reference U DX, C DMX and bearing the
prefix C DI*.
As well as the famous figures and formal
societies literary and dramatic themes are also represented in
collections relating to theatres such as the Hull Little and New
Theatres [C DFBN, U DP, U DPN] and theatre companies such as the
Out of Joint Theatre Company [U DOJ].
Our holdings also contain numerous references
to literary and dramatic themes in school and ecclesiastical
collections and the papers of families, individuals and academics
which can be searched for using index terms such as ‘Theatre’,
‘Drama’, ‘Dramatic’, ‘Literary’, ‘Literature’, ‘Poetry’, ‘Poet’,
When the Humber Bridge
opened in 1981 the city celebrated with festival of music
showcasing a specially commissioned suite [U
DX/362] following a tradition of annual grand music
festivals that had been held in the city for two centuries
[L.780.79]. The current City Hall has provided a venue for the
many musical societies of Hull since its construction in 1910.
Organisations such as the Hull Choral Union [C DSHS], the
Hull Philharmonic Society [C DSPH], the Hull Junior
Philharmonic Orchestra [C DSPJ], the Hull Lydian Male Voice
Choir [C DSLM], the Albion Ladies Musical Society [C DSAL], the
Hull Musical Union [L DSMU], and the Hull School of Music [C
DMM/13] have brought music to the city and whilst nurturing musical
talent in the area.
As well as music societies Hull has been home to businesses such
as Gough & Davy, piano and music dealers, and Forster and Andrews,
organ builders [L DBFA]. Foster and Andrews in conjunction with the
consultant Rev'd Canon F.G. Hunter [C DBGH] were responsible for
the construction of a new organ when the City Hall was refurbished
Hull has been home to many musicians and musical patrons
including the 20th century composer Robert Marchant [U DRM], Philip
Chignell the Chorister of St Georges Chapel who sang at a wedding
and funeral of Queen Victoria’s children [C DIML], the conductor
and musical director Frank Noble Wood [U DX/45], and J. Redwood
Anderson, President of the Hull Chamber Music Society [U DX/80].
Hull is also the birth place of the politician Thomas Perronet
Thompson, whose love of music led him to design an enharmonic organ
that featured in the opening of the Grand Exhibition in
1851 [U DTH], and the noted poet Philip Larkin, who in addition to his literary
pursuits is also known for his musical interests [U DPL].
The History Centre also holds a wealth of related
collections including records of the licensing of music
venues [C DPM/25] and the opening of the Albion Street Commercial,
Technical and Music Library [C SRL/E/110]. Research files are also
held on many local musicians [L.780s], as are records documenting
the musical activities of various non-conformist church
congregations including the Fish Street Congregational Church Choir