Having fun: A photographic exhibition of leisure and entertainment in Hull through the years
Leisure is an important factor in the promotion of a healthy and balanced lifestyle and taking part in recreational activities has been found to improve both physical and mental wellness and can enhance our quality of life.
A member of staff thought it would be interesting to see how people in Hull have spent their leisure time over the years. Opting solely for photographs they hope to provide a really engaging and visual social history of leisure in our city enabling visitors to draw comparisons with their own leisure activities of today.
Pulling together photographs from our collections, the exhibition provides a glimpse at how people of Hull have spent their leisure time over the years. From participating in sports, enjoying the city’s parks, to visiting the city’s more seasonal attractions such as Hull Fair, the exhibition touches upon aspects of ordinary lives at least some of which will have been enjoyed by almost everyone living in the city.
We hope that these photographs will invoke memories and help you to reflect upon your own leisure activities, perhaps even inspiring you to try something new.
The History Centre brings together the material held by the City Archives and Local Studies Library with those held by the University of Hull. These include the City’s borough archives, dating back to 1299 and amongst the best in the country; records relating to the port and docks of Hull; papers of companies and organisations reflecting Hull’s maritime history; papers of notable individuals including Andrew Marvell, Philip Larkin, Amy Johnson and William Wilberforce; records relating to local and national politics and pressure groups; and over 100,000 photographs, illustrations; maps and plans, newspapers, special collections and reference sources relating to Hull and the East Riding.
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