2017 City of Culture

Hull was named 2017 City of Culture on 21 November 2013, having beaten strong bids from Dundee, Leicester and Swansea Bay.

2017 City of Culture logoThis title is national recognition of what we have known all along - that Hull is a vibrant city with a distinct cultural offering, fascinating heritage and strong foundations on which to build a prosperous and exciting future. Hull History Centre congratulates all involved with the bid and the people of Hull on this great success.

What Will Happen in 2017?
The year has split into four seasons with each season celebrating a different aspect of Hull's history, connections, culture and diversity with a view towards Hull's future as a "city reborn" in the Northern Powerhouse.

The programme for the first season "Made in Hull" which runs from January to March 2017 was launched in September 2016, it includes a number of highlights that relate specifically to our collections and our activities - these include:

Hull Charters (3 Jan-24 Feb 2017)
From the first Hull Charter in 1299, to the magnificent charter of Queen Mary, join the History Centre for its first major exhibition of 2017. The Charters show how the people of Hull were granted privileges, rights and responsibilities which are the bedrock of how we live as citizens today.

The Hypocrite (25 Feb-25 Mar 2017)
The world premiere of Hull-born playwright Richard Bean's new comedy looks at what would become a defining moment in Hull’s history is, quite frankly, the worst day of Sir John Hotham’s life.

The University is hosting the British Museum Lines of Thought exhibition and also an Anthony Minghella retrospective.



Visit the Hull 2017 website for more information including their events listing to discover events that are happening now. 

This page will be updated regularly as events are announced.

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