Hull History Centre exterior from Worship Street

Using Archives and Reference Material

Using archives and reference material at Hull History Centre

Please read fully to ensure you understand how the service will operate during the period of restricted service.

We we have made a number of changes to our search room service in order to ensure the safety of all visitors and staff:

  • The search room has been temporarily moved to the Lecture Theatre.

  • Use of the search room is by appointment only.
  • From 10 August 2021 the History Centre search room will be open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays between 10am and 12.30pm, and then again between 2pm and 4.30pm.

  • Material held by the University Archives (references beginning U) can be accessed on Thursdays and Fridays only. If you would like to view material held in the University Archives you will need to book your visit on those days.
  • Material held by the City Archives (references beginning C) and Local Studies reference material (references beginning L) can be accessed on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.
  • To protect customers and staff please continue to wear face coverings when in our building. Be Responsible, Be Safe.

  • Please wash your hands before entering the search room.

  • There will be 4 seats available to book in the search room at each of the two sessions per day. Please come on your own as there will be no group bookings. If you need assistance to make your visit and will be bringing an assistant with you, please let us know at the point of booking so we can arrange our seating accordingly. You will be allocated a table and a locker for your belongings at the point of booking.

  • At the current time we are unable to make collections during your visit so we are increasing the number of items you can request in advance to 10. These must be requested one week ahead of your visit.

  • We will try to give access to as many people as possible during our restricted service, but as demand is likely to be high there may be occasions when we have to limit visits to one day a week. This, along with all our other arrangements, will be kept under review. If you are booked in for two days in a week, you can see 10 items each day.

  • Please try to book one week ahead of your visit.

  • All reference books and archive items must be ordered one week ahead of your visit. To order your material, please telephone 01482 317500 between 10.00-12.30 and 2.00-4.30, Tuesday to Friday, or email us.

  • Please use our online catalogue to identify the items you would like to see.

  • Because of the temporary relocation of the search room, if you know you would like to use the Council Minutes, a Street Directory, a Telephone Directory, an Electoral Register between 1950 to 2019, or to browse the image folders, please include these in your list of items to view and we will get them out for you. These will be counted as part of your 10 items.

  • We will notify you either by text, email or phone to arrange a convenient time for you to visit. When we contact you we will ask for certain information to enable us to complete the visitors’ book on your behalf, to identify you when you arrive and to assist the NHS test and trace service (further details below). This will include your name, address including your postcode, contact details and the reason for your visit, for example, family history or academic research. We will still contact you if the item is not available to arrange another time for you to visit.

  • We are unable to offer scrap paper, pencils etc. so please ensure you bring your own supplies.

  • Please advise us if you require power for a laptop, as tables with power are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

  • The items you request will be on your allocated table ready for you to use when you arrive, along with a document/book support if necessary.

  • There will be no need to bring the items you have finished looking at back to staff. Just push them to one side of the table for staff to collect at the end of a session after all visitors have left the room. This will reduce contact between you and the staff and ensure social distancing.

  • We can keep items out for you to view the next day if you have booked to come in then.

  • Please bring a camera with you as staff will be unable to photocopy items for you. The usual charge of 30p per shot applies, or alternatively we are able to offer a Multiple Copies Pass during the restricted service period which will allow you to take as many shots as you wish during your session for £10. If you are staying for the afternoon session and wish to continue to take images, we can still offer our £15 Day Pass. Payment should be made using contactless wherever possible.

There have been many issues to consider when reopening our services, and we ask you to bear with us as we learn to operate under these new conditions. Thank you.

Please continue to use the NHS test and trace service. QR codes are located at the entrance to the building and at the enquiry desk. By using test and trace we are helping to reduce the risk of a local outbreak and protect our staff, visitors and the wider community.