This illustrated talk by migrant historian Dr Nicholas Evans, of the University of Hull, explores a project which has occupied him for the past two decades – namely that Hull tplayed a crucial role in facilitating numerous waves of migrants from Europe, the Middle East and further afield.
Whether arriving as migrants, refugees or merely transiting the port, these millions of migrants collectively shaped Hull. So many arrived each day that it made the port one of the most cosmopolitan cities in Britain and, some have argued, the Heathrow Airport of its day.
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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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