With the start of a new chapter in Hull’s cultural development just beginning, heritage narratives and assets have been important dimensions of the European City of Culture programme (renamed European Capital of Culture in 2001) since its foundation in 1985.
This talk presented by Prof, Franco Bianchini of the Institute for Culture, Place and Policy, will explore several aspects of the role of heritage in European Cities and Capitals of Culture.
These include: the question of whose heritage is being represented in the programme (a controversial issue for Glasgow in 1990 and for Istanbul twenty years later); the uses of language, popular traditions and other aspects of the intangible heritage; creative responses to contested histories and painful memories (examples include Linz in 2009 and Donostia/San Sebastián in 2016); the landscape as heritage (with reference to Matera, one of the two European Capitals of Culture for 2019), and challenges for the future.
The talk will make reference also to some of the heritage themes in Hull UK City of Culture 2017.
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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