Hull and Ravenser Odd

Current and upcoming events

Hull/Ravenser Odd: Twin Cities, Sunken Pasts


Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays: 26 March – 30 May 9.30-4.30

Saturdays 6 April, 20 April, 4 May, 18 May: 9.30-4.30

Admission free

Our exhibition, produced in partnership with Hull Maritime, The National Archives, and the University of Sussex, tells the story of the early years of Hull and its sister port and rival at Spurn Point, Ravenser Odd. Both were founded as boroughs by Royal Charter of King Edward I on the same day – 1 April 1299. Hull prospered, but Ravenser Odd was swept away following coastal erosion half a century later. The early history of both was closely linked and the story of settlement, trade and piracy is fascinating.

We are privileged to exhibit both the Charter Roll of 1299 which records (as the ‘office copy’) both Royal Charters, and one of the last records of Ravenser Odd, accounts of 1355. These documents have been loaned to us by The National Archives. Apart from wartime evacuation, this is the first time they’ve left London.

To tie in with the exhibition we’re hosting a programme of talks and children’s activities.

Download the poster (PDF, 3MB).


"World War II Defence Regulations: Hull's Unique Interpretation"

Michael Makey, University of Hull

Tuesday 14 May, 12.30pm

Admission free


"Ravenser Odd: Revisiting Hull's Sunken Twin"

Dr Emily Robinson, University of Sussex

Tuesday 21 May, 12.30pm

Admission free, but please call us on 01482 317500 to book a seat.

Another chance to hear April's lunchtime talk.


History Makers: Ship to Shore

Wednesday 29 May, 9.30am-12.30pm

Free admission, just drop in

Join us for this craft session to design your own ship and learn about the history of shipping in Hull.

All ages are welcome, we just ask that under-16s bring a responsible adult along.


Immanuel Kant and Hull

A day conference organised by the Georgian Society for East Yorkshire and Friends of Kant and Königsberg, in association with Hull History Centre and University of Hull Maritime History Trust

Saturday 15 June 2024 11am-4.30pm

£30 (£25 for Georgian Society for East Yorkshire and Friends of Kant and Königsberg members), including refreshments

This day conference commemorates the 300th anniversary of the birth of the great German philosopher Immanuel Kant and celebrate his close friendship with two Hull merchants based in Königsberg, Joseph Green and Robert Motherby. Speakers include Max Egremont, author of "Forgotten Land: Journeys among the Ghosts of East Prussia".

Places must be booked in advance. Download the programme and booking form for further details.