Spotlight On: Inport Stories

Find out more about the history and cultural heritage behind Hull’s famous port and discover what lies ahead in its future at The Association of British Port’s (ABP) Pump House Gallery.

Running until 10 Dec, Inport Stories contains unknown tales of Hull’s past, which are explored through an immense exhibition of over 250 photographs taken from ABP’s archives and an accompanying programme of film and performance.

Expect to see snippets of everyday life at the ports, alongside record-breaking shipments like photograph 263, which documents the delivery of the largest grain cargo recorded in Hull to date. Taken in February 1963, the snowy backdrop resembles the bitter conditions of Vancouver, Canada from where the 20,475 tons of grain was sent aboard the Southern Eagle.

Image 263. Photo: © ABP

From 1778, Hull has thrived on the creation of the city’s port which predominantly traded in wool and coal. Now the port contributes £538 million to the local economy every year and trades in mixed cargos including biomass, containers and bulks such as sand and granite.

Inport Stories programme carefully examines the past, present and future of the industry through three strands: Roots touches upon the topography of the Humber from the late 18th century and why the port city emerged; Heritage underpins the evolution of the dock facilities through to the late 20th Century; and Futures explores Green Port Hull and the Siemens Wind Turbine factory as a catalyst for future innovation.


 ABP Pump House Gallery is located at the port operator’s Grade-II listed building and is open from 11am to 9.30pm Fri and Sats and 12pm to 4pm Sundays.