Arcade ExhibitionArcade Exhibitions

One of the most stunning features of the History Centre is its covered arcade which acts as the entrance for visitors upon their arrival. To make best use of this space we have got together with local community groups to organise a series of exhibitions that will run throughout the year. So why not take a few moments to have a break and a browse!

Arcade Exhibitions

If you'd like information on any of the exhibitions or are interested in holding an exhibition here please contact us on 01482 317500 or e-mail  

Current and future exhibitions include:


Title Description Dates
Dan Billany: Teacher, Writer, War Hero

A teacher, novelist and soldier in World War II, Dan Billany went missing after being released from a Prisoner of War camp in Italy in 1943. His fate remains unknown to this day. He was born on 14 November 1913 into a working-class family in the Hessle Road area and gained a degree in English from Hull University.

He published his first novel at the age of 27 and was acclaimed by poet T.S. Eliot. After teaching for two years he joined the East Yorkshire Regiment and in 1942 was captured by Rommel’s forces in North Africa.

While a prisoner of war, he wrote The Trap, which was lauded by historian Ken Wolpole, as the ‘finest novel to come out of the war.’ The exhibition will explore Dan as an inspiring teacher, distinguished author and brave soldier – one of Hull’s unsung heroes.

28 Feb - 31 Mar
Annual Exhibition Brooklands Photographic Society present their fifth annual exhibition. This year it features over 115 prints 10 March - 1 April
A Family’s Journey through Hull’s Old Town

Visit and experience memories of the rich and diverse tapestry of life as it was in Hull’s Old Town via Shirley Goodsell’s solo Art Exhibition.

These well researched oil paintings have Shirley’s family history as the vibrant thread that sews the paintings together, the two main themes being relationships and change . Her paintings evoke memories of life as it was, exploring the fabric of Hull's commercial waterways, familiar buildings and colourful characters such as her Uncle Jack, the last blacksmith in the Old Town. The exhibition offers a unique and fascinating glimpse of one family’s past with Hull as its backdrop.

5-27 April
The Hessle Roaders: Hull's Fishing Community by Dr Alec Gill MBE

Hessle Roaders lived both a magic and tragic life, their community spirit linked with the perilous work of trawling Arctic waters. In 1971,with his Rolleicord camera around his neck, Alec Gill began to photograph the community.

His pictures captured children playing on the streets, neighbours gossiping in the terraces and life at sea on board a trawler.

Taken over a period of thirty years, the exhibition features a selection from over 6,600 striking images, documenting a close-knit community during a time of dramatic social change.

1-29 June