Hull History Centre Homage to Heritage

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Now a couple of years old the Hull History Centre is home for nearly 2 miles of archives. It is well worth a visit.

Key exhibits and archives include

  • The charter of 1299 which marks the birth of Hull as a strategic port.
  • The most extensive range of WW2 records nationally
  • The personal letters of pioneering aviator Amy Johnson,
  • The personal papers of Philip Larkin and author Winifred Holtby
  • Archives relating to anti-slavery campaigner William Wilberforce,
  • National Council for Civil Liberties now named Liberty’s historical archives are maintained by the University of Hull but accessed through the Hull History Centre.
  • Whaling logs, crew lists and a wealth of local history and maritime records.

Family History

  • Family history and records are a key asset for the Hull history centre
  • The East Riding of Yorkshire Family History Society will be able to help you with researching your surname.
  • The Genealogical Research Directory is published annually and contains lists of names being researched.
  • The Guild of One Name Studies (GOONS) and the Society of Genealogists also maintain lists.
  • ‘There‚Äôs no point spending hours going through old records if your gran can tell you it all anyway.’ HHC

Facilities at Hull History Centre

  • Computer and microfilm zone including the Yorkshire Film archive online.
  • Conservation room and the ability to donate and deposit your records for preservation.
  • Lecture theatre for various events
  • library and search room
  • Inner and outer arcades including cafe and exhibition space.

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South Riding audio CD from the East Riding Feminist Winifred Holtby

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