Pop-up port gallery will celebrate the city’s rich maritime heritage

An exciting pop-up port gallery will showcase over 250 photographs and host an array of theatrical performances to reveal the story of the city’s rich maritime heritage.

The free ABP Pump House Gallery, suitably located at the port operator’s Grade II listed building, aims to educate people of all ages about the story behind the Port of Hull, its heritage and what exciting future lies ahead of it.

To ensure the story lives on for future generations, the images will be digitally archived.

Chris Green, port manager for Hull and Goole, said: “We’re proud to bring to the community this highly anticipated project in this special building as it preserves Hull’s port history for many years to come.

Thanks to the pivotal support of The History Troupe we have ensured many stories almost lost are brought back to life through imagery and theatrical performances.

We hope it will appeal to people of all ages. With amazing imagery and plays, it will bring back fond memories to those who previously worked at the port.”

The port, created in 1778, predominantly traded in wool and coal. Now the port trades in mixed cargoes including biomass, containers and bulks such as sand and granite.

Today in total it contributes £538 million to the local economy every year and directly employs 1,200 people across the Humber.

Rob Bell, founder of The History Troupe, added: “Our History Troupe team have worked tirelessly by delving into ABP’s archives and picking out the most fascinating and revealing stories about Hull.

The four rooms will take you on a graphic journey from the late 18th century all the way to the future in 2050. There will also be striking sculptures on show by locally born artist Huw Morris Jones.

To top it off there is an exciting programme of talks, creative writing, spoken word and song. The play, The Box, is all about Hull docks and Hessle Road in the 1970s, Mick McGarry will be telling maritime tales in song and Reaching for the Land of Green Ginger is back to tell the tale of migrants through Hull 1880 to 1914.”

The free gallery and ticketed shows will run from Fri 3 Nov to Sun 10 Dec.

The gallery is open from 11am to 5pm on Fridays and Saturdays and 12pm to 4pm on Sundays.

Access to the gallery is available via a free East Yorkshire Motor Services shuttle bus on Fridays and Saturdays only, running every hour from Kardomah94 on Alfred Gelder Street until 5pm. On show days, the shuttle bus will run from Thieving Harry’s on Humber Street from 7pm.

On Sundays, access is available via a pedestrian walkway on Hedon Road (opposite the HM Prison Hull).

To discover more, visit InPort Stories, follow ABP and the History Troupe on Twitter and check out InPort Stories on Instagram.