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 complete our Proposal Form and Exhibitors Contract (MS Word format) and our Exhibitions Policy (PDF, 61KB) or contact us on 01482 317500 or e-mail  

Current and future exhibitions include:

Title Description Dates
A Celebration of Hull's Jewish Community

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