Delve into Hull’s past for Local History and Community Month

Published: Monday 1st May 2017 by Courtney Farrow

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May is Local History and Community Month. We’ve rustled up some great ways for you to get involved and learn about Hull’s heritage.

The aim of the month-long event is to raise awareness of the exciting history of your area and community.

History doesn’t have to be all about global policies and world wars, it’s important to look closer to home. Learn about what shaped the place you live in, who made an impact on your surroundings, and how this all fits into the bigger picture.

There are plenty of ways that you can delve deeper into Hull and East Yorkshire’s history, including becoming a member of the library, attending history-related events, and even helping with research.

Hull History Centre

A great place to start when exploring the history of the city is Hull History Centre (pictured).

Home to Hull City Archives, this building houses valuable resources for researching past times of the local area.

Furthermore, the centre frequently puts on family-friendly events that discuss history in an interesting and interactive way.

Their regular History Makers craft and Lego sessions are ideal for inspiring young children, whilst the Lunchtime Club offers a series of talks about stories of local heroes and places.

On Tuesday 9 May, find out what Zachariah Pearson really did for the city with Marian Shaw. You can even track your lineage at their Family History Helpdesk.

If you have a bit of spare time and want to contribute to the fantastic work of the History Centre, there are several opportunities. This experience will also allow you to develop vital skills and gain work experience for future employment.

For further information, visit the Hull History Centre website or contact them at

Brynmor Jones Library

The University of Hull’s library is a great resource for studying the past, presenting access to all sorts of books and documents. Following a recent £28 million redevelopment, it’s certainly the place to be if you’re serious about history.

You don’t even have to be a student to join. You can become an associate member of the library if you’re an employed member of the regional NHS trust, a graduate of the university, a qualified teacher, or just someone who can demonstrate a real interest in research.

Associate members can use the reference books for free or pay an annual fee of £75 to take literature home with them. Membership also includes access to all facilities in the library, including the computers, printers, scanners and state-of-the-art technology.

Find out more on the University of Hull website.

Hull and District Local History Research Group

The Hull and District Local History Research Group was formed in 2011 in memory of highly active local historian, Christopher Ketchell,.

“Although Chris was never a lecturer, he had a lot of self-taught knowledge and authority on local history,” Chairman Roger Justice explains.

“He was well-known for his legendary walks, talks and slideshows. His own research materials have been published in several books.”

The group keep his memory alive with their weekly sessions held in The Community Centre in Garden Village. This is where individuals can present talks and slides, enjoy quizzes and watch films of old Hull and East Riding.

“We also regularly host field trips to museums, guildhalls, churches and historic houses,” says Roger. “We welcome everyone to get involved.”

You can ask for further details from Roger via email or visit the Hull District Local History Research Group website.

The History Troupe

This is a group of writers, artists, and creatives who tell local stories through performances and talks.

After much success with their recent show A Tale of Two Cities, which narrated the relationship between Hull FC and Hull KR, the Troupe is working on several other shows. These include The Box and Run for the Line.

The Box has had a lot of success across the country,” founder Rob Bell enthuses. “It’s all about Hull’s docks in the 1970s.”

Meanwhile, Run for the Line focuses on two Hull-born rugby league players who sacrificed themselves during the First World War.

Rob encourages any actors and musicians to get involved: “People can come along to one of our performances, see what we do and have a chat with us.”

Discover more about their work on The History Troupe website.

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Published: Monday 1st May 2017 by Courtney Farrow

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