A range of community initiatives devise and deliver content in exhibitions, talks and performances engaging the community to reflect and share stories from their past and present. This has enabled the community to comment on how our past effects today and the futures of our future generations. Marc Cooper, Head Teacher of The Marvell College, sums up: “The History Troupe’s emphasis on roots, heritage and futures echoes what the Maoris call Whānau', It is through the whānau that values, histories and traditions from the ancestors are adapted for the contemporary world”.
Spanish Civil War
“Here lies half of Spain…” wrote Jose De Larra in 1936 “…it died of the other half” - as it was a century later. Alfonso XIII abdicated in 1931; a Republic was established and then from 1936-39 the International Brigade and others from the Popular Front, POUM and the CNT fought to defend the Spanish Republic against the Nationalist forces of General Francisco Franco.
Hull had some part in supplying the war effort; as a home for children from the battle zone and, as a life changing cause for nine men and a woman from Hull fighting on the Republican side.
This Hull and the Spanish Civil at Exhibition at Hull History Centre features the core story from the Hull International Brigade Memorial group; images from Hull College students inspired by the conflict; talks and performances on a range of related topics from The History Troupe, Gary Hammond and Manuel Moreno.
The Hull and Barnsley Railway Company opened Alexandra Dock in Hull on the 16th July 1885.
The InPort Stories Alexandra Dock Pump House Gallery was open from 3rd November through to 10th December. Accessed via vintage double decker buses from various points in Hull City Centre, the exhibition comprised of three main sections: Roots – all about the topography of the Humber and why the port city emerged; Heritage – all about the evolution of the dock facilities through to the late 20th Century; and Futures – Green Port Hull and the Siemens Wind Turbine factory as a catalyst for future innovation. The space also played host to an excellent Arts Programme of spoken word, theatre, music and workshops.
The History Troupe worked with Marc Cooper, Head Teacher of The Marvell College and Associated British Ports, to build links between the port and the wider community. Large scale photographs of the docks from the 1950s were placed around the school with no explanation. Curiosity grew as students wanted to know more about their roots, heritage and futures.
These powerful images were from an era before containers, when gangs of eighty plus dockers unloaded ships, piece by piece, with their dockers’ hooks. Many cargoes were highly dangerous to handle. Black widow spiders amongst the bananas; wet pit props slipping from crane grabs and lung wrenching asbestos falling snow in the hold.
The InPort Stories project offered an opportunity for students to explore their community and develop a connection between these photograph’s and what they see around them today; challenging them to give their own interpretation of a ‘Sense of Place’. What you see in this collection are photographs taken by enthusiastic students on their walks home from school, exploring hidden corners and landmarks from where they live. These are powerful images.
Hull is more than a story of fish now long gone. Trade and cargoes in everything from wine, hides and timber to wool, coal and migrants triggered the building of staithes and docks to handle sailing ships, steamships and turbines down to now.
There is a wider context. Like ports worldwide people passing through trade, share experiences and ideas. The port in the title of this Exhibition puts paid to any notion of Hull being at the end of a line. Hull, Port City has long been in the middle of supply chains criss-crossing the world and today is the catalyst for the Humber as an Energy Estuary. This Exhibition explores the roots, heritage and future of Hull as a port city. We start with Hull’s location on the Humber Estuary – derived from the Latin for river or, the tale of Humber-the-Hun who drowned while trying to invade giving his name to the Estuary. Hull’s proximity to Europe and, especially when roads were poor, major rivers like the Ouse and the Trent gave the port a competitive edge. Rail connections speeded up growth and capacity grew from the town docks to the east and a specialist fish processing area to the west. Today, the port serves a diverse hinterland across the North and into the Midlands; the hub of the Energy Estuary.
Between 5th and 20th of July, InPort Stories’ photographic pop-up exhibition moved into unit 15 of North Point Shopping Centre in Bransholme. Over the course of these two weeks, hundreds of local residents passed by the exhibition to see our collection of images for themselves, and to share personal stories and familial anecdotes about the docks. Their contributions brought the pictures to life, and helped to celebrate such a vital element of Hull’s history.
The story of rail and it’s impact on Hull. Our latest exhibition in Hull’s Paragon Station spans the entire history of rail, with a focus on Hull and East Yorkshire. It comes in conjunction with our Hull Connected booklet. Buy the booklet, get down to our exhibition and stay connected with your roots.
From 1880 to 1914 over 3 million people passed through Hull from Europe in search of freedom and opportunity in the Americas. This is a story exploring where they came from, why they left, their experience on the quaysides of Hull and where they go to. This piece has been used by several schools to explore Values and contemporary challenges. The story unfolds in words, images and song.
The Box is a story of life on the East Hull docks in the 1970’s. This fictional tale is rooted in the banter and the cargoes of that time. Rucksack, the chargehand “always on your back”; Trot, the shop steward; Jack the Lad, Jockey and College deal with containerisation in their own ways. Q&A’s have been lively!
Madam Clapham ran a Haute Couture Salon for royalty and the establishment before WW1. This is a story of how this formidable matriarch of the sewing rooms in Hull faces up to the challenge of independent women and easier style.
A mother and daughter deal with life ashore with the men away on the trawlers. Both women confront their secrets surrounded by the demons of a life on tick.
A story of Hull FC and Hull Kingston Rovers from folk football to the split with Union and down to Super League told by stand up historians, Stan and Mike backed by Sammy Lloyd, Mick McGarry and Dave Gawthorpe.
The Mystery of Ravenser Odd is the story of the once great port at the mouth of the Humber that foreshadows a potential fate for the rest of the Humber. Performed in the streets of Hull by our very own band of travelling minstrels and strolling players.
A story of one woman’s decline as dementia takes hold and the impact upon her family as they try to cope.
A story of Hull FC before and after WW1. A Challenge Cup victory and the loss of the legendary Jack Harrison at Oppy Wood.
Every migrant sets out in search of safety, freedom and opportunity but no two journeys are the same. These castaways are trapped between a past that haunts them and a future that is, at best, uncertain.
In the season before WW1 Jack Harrison scored a record 52 tries including the winner in the Challenge Cup for Hull FC. This is the story of how this legend met his fate and was awarded the VC running for another line - a line of machine guns at Oppy Wood.