New cultural programme launches for Hull’s Museums and art gallery

Published: Sunday 8th January 2017 by Tom Drinkall

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A programme of exhibition and events hosted by Hull’s well known museums and Ferens Art Gallery has been launched to compliment the first season of the UK City of Culture 2017.

With talks by famous historians, national experts, writers and broadcasters Hull’s museums and art gallery will bring a wealth of expert knowledge to the city. The programme also features close up collections tours, special events, courses and workshops, along with music, film, creative and learning opportunities.

The action packed programme for January – March offers something for everyone from children under 5 to older people, special interest groups and just the plain curious!

Heritage Learning Manager and organizer of the events programme, Jane Avison, said: “We want to shine a light on collections of international significance in 2017 enabling Hull residents to re-discover these gems and showcase them for visitors to the city.

“We will be going behind the scenes and deep into the stores with our digital program, enabling audiences to see and hear about objects and collections from the stores, some which have never been seen on display.”

This season’s highlights include TV presenter and Egyptologist, Prof Joann Fletcher who has published a number of books and academic articles and made numerous television and radio appearances for the BBC, National Geographic, History Channel, Channel 4, Channel 5 and Discovery. Professor Fletcher is especially well known for her work on trying to identify the body of Queen Nefertiti.

The first high profile event will take place on 26 January with Dr Chris Naunton, an expert on Tutankhamun. Dr Naunton will be giving a talk and a book signing session on “Tutankhamun: How did he die and is there still more to find in his tomb…?”

Tickets for this fascinating talk by an expert in the field are on sale now.

Throughout the year, visitors of all ages and backgrounds will have the opportunity to delve into Hull’s history and explore the city’s rich heritage through its amazing collections.

Councillor Terry Geraghty, Hull City Council Portfolio Holder for Culture and Leisure and Chair of Hull Culture and Leisure Limited, said:  “Hull has an incredible story to tell and visitors can delve into Hull’s history and its unique collections, there is so much to discover, this is our time in the spotlight.

“These high quality events will bring some impressive experts in their field to the museums offering their knowledge and expertise on a wide range of historical and artistic subjects”

“This programme compliments the UK City of Culture 2017 programme and also celebrates our city and story. We would love everyone to get involved and enjoy it with us in this special year.”

For more information on the special events between January and March at the Hands on History Museum, Museums Quarter, Maritime Museum, Hull History Centre and the Ferens Art Gallery visit or take a look at Hull Museums Facebook page.

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Published: Sunday 8th January 2017 by Tom Drinkall

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