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!
If you'd like information on any of the exhibitions or are
interested in holding an exhibition here please complete our
Form and Exhibitors Contract (MS Word format) and our
Policy (PDF, 61KB) or contact us on
01482 317500 or e-mail
Current and future exhibitions
|A Celebration of Hull's Jewish
The exhibition will mark the end of an externally funded project
aimed at highlighting the many sources of information held at the
History Centre relating to the Jewish population in Hull. Once a
thriving community in the City, it will examine, amongst other
things, education, making a living, political life, welfare and
philanthropy, leisure and culture and synagogue life.
|15 Sep - 18 Dec
|Andrew Marvell: Made in Hull
The 1921 celebrations for the 300th anniversary of Marvell’s
birth separated Marvell the MP for Hull from Marvell the
cosmopolitan poet. Looking ahead to Marvell’s 400th birthday
anniversary in 2021, the Andrew Marvell: Made in Hull exhibition
invites us to put Hull back on the map of Marvell’s poetry.
Funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the
exhibition showcases new research by Stewart Mottram at the
University of Hull that calls for a major re-evaluation of Hull’s
influence on Marvell’s life as a poet as well as politician. The
exhibition looks in detail at some key landmarks from Marvell’s
boyhood life in Hull – the Hull Charterhouse, Hull Grammar School,
and Holy Trinity Church – and it explores some of the ways that
this urban landscape leaves its trace on Marvell’s verse.
|9 Nov - 15 Jan 2016
| Suited and Booted
Suited and Booted is a Heritage Lottery funded project led by
Artlink which began in January. Conceived by local textile designer
Clare Day, the project collected first hand evidence of onshore
life and dress of deep sea trawlermen, specifically through the men
themselves, their families and others associated with the industry
and area of Hessle Road 1950-1974.
Working with documentary film maker Antony Hatfield, the project
team has captured some of these stories and this has helped to
shape a community engagement programme which has seen the
production of new suit jackets by Hull School of Art & Design
students, a new body of work by Clare Day and HSAD textile
students, two commissioned illustrators, a huge body of work from
community groups and an education pack.
From 1950-1974 Hull’s trawlermen created a unique subculture.
After spending three weeks at sea they would return to Hull and
have expensive and extravagant suits made at local tailors. They
would even spend time designing their own suits whilst on board the
trawlers and head to the tailors with new and exciting designs on
their return. Only deep sea trawlermen were allowed to wear these
suits which had many distinguishing features such as half-moon
pockets, pleats and Spanish waistbands.
|6 - 29 Jan 2016