Born out of an aspiration to offer greater access to, and better preservation facilities for, Hull’s archives, the History Centre is home to the combined collections of Hull City Council, the University of Hull archives and local studies resources.

The fascinating collections at the History Centre relate to the city and the surrounding area and are of local, regional and national significance. They cover subjects which are synonymous with Hull, such as the city’s maritime heritage, the Second World War and the history of slavery. But they also cover topics such as notable people from the area including Winifred Holtby and Amy Johnson.

By becoming a member of Hull Libraries, visitors can explore the Local Studies Library where there is a collection of over 5000 books on Hull and access websites such as Ancestry.co.uk free of charge. And for those who are members of the County Archive Research Network, they can access the peaceful Searchroom where you can consult archives and reference material.

Alongside the permanent collections, Hull History Centre also runs a whole series of exhibitions and activities to keep historians of all ages entertained.

Opening Hours

Tuesday: 9:30am - 5:30pm
Wednesday: 9:30am - 5:30pm
Thursday: 9:30am - 5:30pm
Friday: 9:30am - 5:30pm
Saturday: 9:30am - 5:30pm

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