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Local history library

Interested in Hull's history? Our local document collections include -

  • Winifred Holtby - Winifred Holtby was famous as a journalist and novelist in the 1920s and 30s. In addition to her published works and biographies, we house thousands of letters, manuscripts and other documentary items

  • Slavery and Wilberforce - The library houses over 1,500 volumes on William Wilberforce, the abolition of slavery and all aspects of slavery, ancient and modern

  • Whaling - Reflecting Hull's role as a major whaling port, this collection includes whaling ship logbooks and also covers the general history of whaling and the natural history of whales

  • Ephemera - The library has preserved a range of this transitory material, including: theatre bills and programmes (around 7,000 18th and 19th century playbills), football programmes, post cards, timetables, company publicity, and so on

  • Andrew Marvell - This collection includes published poetry, biographies and critical works

  • Hohenrein family and business - The papers of this mid 19th - 20th century German immigrant family include their successful butchery business and cinema ownership

  • Amy Johnson - The library houses 286 letters written between 1922-28

  • Business records - included in our collection are Forster and Andrews organ builders 1844-1969. The records detail all the organs the company supplied from its Hull factory to institutions and individuals around the world

  • Religious archives - The religious archives in the library include records from Primitive Methodist Connexion Circuit records 1842-1920, Fish Street Chapel 1768-1982

  • Trade Union - The library houses Hull Trades and Labour Council papers

  • Mapping Hull - CD-ROM of 12 historic maps showing the development of Hull from 1530 to 1906 is available

Visitors can also use computers, microfilm and fiche readers which can be booked by telephone or email.

Contact us

Email Hull History Centre

Hull History Centre
Hull Culture & Leisure
Worship Street

How to find us

Tel: 01482 317 500
Fax: 01482 613 710

Opening times

Monday closed

Tuesday to Friday
9.30am - 5.30pm

First and third Saturday of every month
9am - 4.30pm

Last orders for document retrieval are 45 minutes before closing.

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