Events

There is an exciting programme of events for all the family! Please check further details for a description of the event including times. Unless otherwise stated all events are FREE and at the History Centre - location details and map.

For details of current and forthcoming displays, as well as information on submitting an exhbitors proposal and related policies, please see our Arcade Exhibitions page.

Telephone (01482 317500), e-mail historycentre@hullcc.gov.uk or drop by to reserve your place for the courses as places are limited!

When What Where
Wed 19 Aug
2.00-5.00pm
Wilberforce’s Hull 
Help us build the assembly rooms and make a Georgian mask for our masquerade ball to raise support for William Wilberforce’s campaign to end slavery. Additional History Makers activity for the summer
Lecture Theatre
Thur 20 Aug
10am-12  noon
Family History Helpdesk
Advice on tracing your family tree See our Family History Helpdesk page for more information
Library area
Fri 21st Aug 2.00-5.00pm

Minecraft 'Bring Your Own Device' Workshop
Bring your tablet of laptop to work with fellow Minecrafters to recreate historical Hull in Minecraft. Create masterpieces of the city's old buildings, learn about Hull's history and win prizes.
This event is now fully booked
See our HullCraft website for more information.

Lecture Theatre
Wed 26 Aug
2.00-5.00pm
Amy’s Hull
Help us construct Hull during Amy Johnson’s time. Build a house to create a 1930s street and design buses to help the people in your street get to work. Additional History Makers activity for the summer
Lecture Theatre
Thur 3 Sep
10am-12  noon
Family History Helpdesk
Advice on tracing your family tree See our Family History Helpdesk page for more information
Library area
Tues 8 Sep
12:30-1:30pm
Beyond South Riding: The Woman Behind the Novel talk by Jill Crowther
Part of our regular Lunchtime Club series of talks
Lecture Theatre
Thur 10 Sep
10am

The Life and Works of Cuthbert Broderick - Architect 1822-1905 Cuthbert Broderick was born in Hull in 1822, the son of a rich merchant and became known as "the man who built Leeds", including the Leeds Town Hall and the beautiful Corn Exchange. He also designed the Grand Hotel in Scarborough - the largest in Europe. In this talk, John Scotney, local historian and Chairman of Hull Civic Society, gives a fascinating insight of another of Hull's pioneering people.
No booking required - part of the Heritage Open Days programme.

Lecture Theatre
Thur 10 Sep
11.30am

The Foundations of Kingston Upon Hull c.1299AD

Formerly known as Wyke upon Hull and owned by the Cisterian Monks of Meaux Abbey, the earliest settlement may have been in the Viking age (hence the name Wyke - a meandering stream or shallow inlet). It was granted to the monks in a grant of land by Mathilda de Camin in 1160. In 1293, King Edward 1 was returning from his Scottish wars when he visited the thriving little port He was so impressed he bought it from the monks for £78 and renamed it Kingstown Upon Hull. It was therefore a 'Royal Foundation' giving the town privileges and prestige. Thus was founded Kingston Upon Hull, 716 years ago.

No booking required - part of the Heritage Open Days programme.

Lecture Theatre
Thur 10 Sep
13.30pm

Heron Foods from small shop on Holderness Road to National Food Chain

Over the years, Hull has established itself as a breeding ground for small retailers which have gone on to shape the countries retail industry and become national retail chains. Heron Foods is one of these and in his talk, Mike Igoe, Commercial Director of Heron Foods, will describe the growth of his company from its origins in 1979 on Holderness Road to a company with over two hundred stores nationwide and a very sophisticated distribution centre based in Melton.

No booking required - part of the Heritage Open Days programme.

Lecture Theatre
Thur 10 Sep
15.00pm

Renaissance of Hull’s City Centre and the Fruit Market

Chief Planning Officer Alex Codd and Project Director Garry Taylor, will provide a firsthand update on the major public realm programmes aiming to transform the look of the City Centre and the Fruit Market, which will become a focal point of the City's emerging cultural scene. This is a unique opportunity to ask questions and give your comments on the biggest public realm projects in the city in the last forty years and to meet two of the people who are making it happen.

No booking required - part of the Heritage Open Days programme.

Lecture Theatre
Thur 10 Sep 16.30pm

‘Dearest Old Creature’ the lives and letters of Eva Larkin

This talk is given by Dr. Philip Pullen, the Media and Publicity Officer of the Philip Larkin Society. Ever since the publication of the Selected Letters in 1992, the significance of Philip Larkin's correspondence as a vital source for providing insight into every aspect of his life and work has been widely acknowledged. However, there is another, largely unpublished area of Larkin's letter writing that can provide yet more valuable insights into many aspects of his life. These are the letters written by Larkin to his parents and, in particular, to his mother Eva. The Larkin archive at the Hull History Centre holds over 5000 pieces of correspondence between Philip and Eva Larkin, written between 1940, when Larkin went up to Oxford to begin his studies at St. John's College and in 1972, when Eva entered a nursing home and began to succumb to dementia. What do these letters add to our understanding of Larkin as a man and as a writer and what do they tell us about the importance of his relationship with his mother?

No booking required - part of the Heritage Open Days programme.

Lecture Theatre
Fri 11 Sep 10.00am

Ferens and Gelder - Makers of Modern Hull

In the 19th and early 20th centuries, Hull was fortunate enough to have a number of remarkable men who were not only successful in their own businesses and professions, but also made a major contribution to the development of the Hull we know today. Local historian and Mail columnist, Dr John Markham, has selected two from the group, T.R Ferens and Sir Alfred Gelder, both of which had a significant impact on the town of Hull - or City as it became in 1897.

No booking required - part of the Heritage Open Days programme.

Lecture Theatre
Fri 11 Sep 11.30am

 “Lord Duveen” The most spectacular Art Dealer of all time

He was the man hired to re-decorate Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle. Joseph Duveen, who was born in English Street in Hull, transformed the art market by selling the work of European Masters to the high flying wealthy industrialists of America in the first half of the last century. In this talk, Geoffrey Rhodes, owner of the Duveen Gallery in Humber Street, presents an interesting story of one of the most influential but little known sons of our city. 

No booking required - part of the Heritage Open Days programme.

Lecture Theatre
Fri 11 Sep
13.30pm

How the Civil War began at the Beverley Gate in 1642

An old engraving from 1640, shows how strategically important this town was. Henry the VIII had ordered the construction of a castle, curtain walls and two blockhouses in the 16th century. The reign of King Charles 1st began with ruptured relations with his Parliament mainly over taxes, culminating in the Civil War. In 1642 King Charles visited Hull, he had visited previously, storing arms and gunpowder in the town following his failed wars with the Scots. However, Parliament ordered the Governor, Sir John Hotham to maintain the town and forbid the King to enter. The Governor ordered the Gates to be closed and drawbridges drawn up. The King then declared Hotham a traitor and rode away. Known affectionately as "The plot to take Hull" it was decided to debar the King entry. In this talk local historian Peter Askwith Cowan explains how it really was, that the Civil War started at the top of Whitefriargate.

No booking required - part of the Heritage Open Days programme.

Lecture Theatre
Fri 11 Sep
15.00pm

The Settlement at the end of the World

This settlement 'at the end of the world' as it was described, is an almost forgotten episode in the history of Holderness. Jill Crowther looks at the national background to its establishment, the social problems of its urban families and the stresses on the long standing local Community. Sunk Island is still a remote place at the edge of the Humber estuary. The open landscape with its wide skies as described by the writer Winifred Holtby, who used it as the setting for one of the themes of her last novel South Riding.

No booking required - part of the Heritage Open Days programme

Lecture Theatre
Fri 11 Sep
16.30pm

Exploiting The Philip Larkin Archive

The Philip Larkin Archive at Hull History Centre contains a vast collection of items relating to the life and work of Philip Larkin. The bulk of the collection contains three types of material: literary manuscripts, correspondence and family photographs and documents. In addition, there are many personal items belonging to Larkin, including his collection of jazz records, clothing and other everyday items. All of these provide an extremely valuable resource for literary, social and historical research and tell us much about Larkin the man as well as Larkin the writer. This talk by Dr Philip Pullen, will examine some of these items and their importance for understanding the life and work of one of the greatest poets of the 20th Century.

No booking required - part of the Heritage Open Days programme

Lecture Theatre
Thur 17 Sep
10am-12  noon
Family History Helpdesk
Advice on tracing your family tree See our Family History Helpdesk page for more information
Library area

Sat 19 Sep
10:00am-4:00pm

Celebrating the life of Winifed Holtby
A day of talks about Holtby’s life and work to commemorate the 80th anniversary of her death.
Please download the registration form.
Lecture Theatre
Tue 29 Sep
10:00am-4:30pm
Bookbinding Workshop: Repairing / Rebinding Paperback Books
With local award-winning professional bookbinder Glenn Malkin. See our Bookbinding Workshops page for more information. Booking essential.
Lecture Theatre
Tues 13 Oct
12:30-1:30pm

Moral Reformers and Immoral Women: International ‘White Slave’ Trafficking at the Turn of the Century talk by Journey Steward
Part of our regular Lunchtime Club series of talks

Lecture Theatre
Tue 27 Oct
10:00am-4:30pm
Bookbinding Workshop: Making a Travel Journal
With local award-winning professional bookbinder Glenn Malkin. See our Bookbinding Workshops page for more information. Booking essential.
Lecture Theatre
Tues 10 Nov
12:30-1:30pm

Zepplin Raids on Hull 1915-1918 talk by Arthur Credland

Part of our regular Lunchtime Club series of talks

Lecture Theatre
Tue 1 Dec
10:00am-4:30pm
Bookbinding Workshop: The Edelpappband Binding
With local award-winning professional bookbinder Glenn Malkin. See our Bookbinding Workshops page for more information. Booking essential.
Lecture Theatre
Tues 8 Dec
12:30-1:30pm

A Cast of Thousands History Centre staff talk about their favourite documents from amongst the collections

Part of our regular Lunchtime Club series of talks

Lecture Theatre