Drypool Basin, Victoria Dock

Hull, Port City exhibition

Hull History Centre has collaborated with The History Troupe to produce an exhibition exploring the roots, heritage and futures of Hull as a Port City.

Hull, Port City will run from Tuesday 8 May to Friday 22 June.

Located at the confluence of the River Hull and the Humber Estuary with access to major rivers like the Ouse and Trent, Kingston-upon-Hull took advantage of water transport when roads were poor. Then, the town docks offered safe haven for sailing ships. Steam meant rail, bigger and faster ships but with them came congestion.

By the 1870s Ship Owner C.H. Wilson would complain: “Hull was 50 years behind other ports”. East of the River Hull Alexandra Dock and then King George Dock added capacity, with modern facilities for wool, timber, coal and migrants. To the West, Albert and St Andrews Docks worked with fish – to supply fish and chip shops across the North.

Hull’s story as a port city has always been more than fish, reflecting a diverse industrial base; strong connections with the hinterland across the North and overseas with the Baltic. This exhibition offers an insight with strong links to the fine Collections within the History Centre. Talks, workshops and performances will accompany the Exhibition.