Hull and East Riding Museum

Medieval Building

This gallery talk will explore the fascinating world of the Medieval timber economy. Looking in-depth at some of the structural timbers on display in the museum’s Medieval Gallery, discover more about how buildings were made from wood and Hull’s Medieval past.

Free, drop-in.

Hull and East Riding Museum

Medieval Leather: Talk

Discover more about our Medieval leather collection in this gallery talk. We’ll be exploring leather working, from shoes to knife sheaths!

Free, drop-in.

Hull Museums

Andrew Marvell at school, 1629-33, with Dr Stewart Mottram

Due to the ongoing situation with COVID-19, this event will be cancelled until further notice.


Andrew Marvell (1621-78) was schooled in the building that is now the Hands on History Museum, later enjoying a political career as MP for Hull. Marvell’s political views are a recognised influence on his poetry, but how influential was Marvell’s boyhood in Hull? This talk explores Marvell’s grammar school life and its mark on poems including ‘To his Coy Mistress’.

Free, booking essential.

Madame Clapham – Dressmaker to European Royalty

Madame Clapham opened a dressmaking salon in 1887, which by the 1890s was highly regarded and attracted worldwide patronage for the quality and style of ladies’ fashion that she produced. Join us to find out more about Mrs Emily Clapham and about how she went from picking pins up from the floor to making dresses for royalty.

Booking essential

Neurodiversity and the Collection (including Autism)

This free talk will explore ways of looking at art through methods of non-verbal interpretation, focusing on artworks from the Ferens permanent collection.

Suitable for families, carers, SEND teachers and invited autistic contributors.

Free, booking essential.

Wilberforce House © Neil Holmes

Wilberforce House Speaks

Join us for an exclusive evening of poignant performances at Wilberforce House Museum.

Reflecting on the fight for the abolition of the Transatlantic Slave Trade, this live intervention stages performance based on real contemporary accounts and music associated with campaigning and resistance.

The evening includes a talk from the museum’s curator and refreshments.

Streetlife Museum © Neil Holmes

Remembering the Past Series – Life on the Homefront

Meet Mrs Lockington a 1940’s housewife as she talks about life at war in Hull and transports you to a bygone age.

The performance will be followed by an opportunity to handle objects and share memories of life in the 1940’s & 1950’s.

Streetlife Museum of Transport

Remembering the Past Series – Needlers Factory

Due to the ongoing situation with COVID-19, this event will be cancelled until further notice.


Meet Sandra Adams, a Needlers factory worker from the late 50s/early 60s, as she waits for her bus after a day at work.

This engaging and humorous character performance will transport you back in time.

The performance will be followed by an opportunity to handle objects and share your memories of life in the 1950s and 1960s

WOW Hull

WOW – What Now? Hull

WOW – What Now? is a major gathering to celebrate women and girls, and explore the issues they face both in our local community and across the globe.

Don’t miss this evening of discussion, creativity and collaboration, and have your say in WOW – Women of the World’s national conversation to discover what local communities are thinking about gender equality right now.

WOW – What Now? will look at the here and now; shining a light on the most potent issues affecting women and girls today – from politics to financial empowerment, toxic masculinity to the intersection of sexism, racism and homophobia.

At this event you’ll experience a WOW – Women of the World’s Think In – a unique interactive public planning session where you’ll be invited to discuss your thoughts on the issues affecting your local community and the world, share stories about the amazing women and girls you think should be celebrated. You’ll hear amazing stories and join forces to tackle the subjects that matter to people in the room.

Money will also be on the agenda, with a special Money Quiz to get you thinking about the importance of finances to women. Artist Nabeelah Hafeez will be on hand at the University of Hull’s Arts Café to collaborate and create a new piece responding to the conversations taking place, weaving in stories and experiences from WOW – What Now? Events across the UK.

OpenCampus Reading Group Series

OpenCampus Reading Group Series – Books on Film presents Brave New World (1932), Aldous Huxley

Host: Dr David Smith, OpenCampus Reading Group member and Lecturer in Psychology.

Come along for an interesting afternoon’s discussion where our speaker considers Brave New World and its various film iterations.

Free admission – all welcome. Booking is required. Book online here.

War Against Pirates? Suppressing Piracy in the British Atlantic, 1716–1726

The 15 years after the War of the Spanish Succession saw concerted attempts to stamp out piracy – ending the surge in piratical activity of the late 17th and early 18th centuries and with it piracy’s ‘golden age’. This lecture surveys the attempts to suppress piracy in the British Atlantic.


Entry is free and no ticket is needed. Places are on a first-come, first-served basis, so latecomers may not be admitted when the lecture room is full.


OpenCampus Tea-Time Talks – Gothic Nature presents Daphne du Maurier

OpenCampus Tea-Time Talks – Gothic Nature presents ‘Daphne du Maurier, Invasion and Environmental Catastrophe: ‘The Birds’ and Rule Britannia’

Dr Catherine Wynne, Reader in English

This talk centres on Daphne du Maurier’s short story ‘The Birds’ (1952). First published in Good Housekeeping, the story focuses on seemingly unprovoked bird attacks in Cornwall. Only the central character, Nat, perceives that the birds are intent on killing humans. The story recalls German bombardments of Britain and speaks to the Cold War of the 1950s. Read today, however, Du Maurier’s story is prescient about climate change as the actions of the birds are seen as connected with ‘change’ in the Arctic circle.

This talk addresses Du Maurier’s concerns about the implications of tourism in Cornwall and her contribution to this with her popular Cornish fiction. In Rule Britannia (1972), America invades after Britain votes to leave the EEC. The American troop incursion evokes the avian invasion of ‘The Birds’. Resistance – like much of the climate change movement today – is launched by the youth.

Free admission – all welcome.


He’s a legend and an icon, a revolutionary and an immortal. John Lydon – aka Johnny Rotten – changed the face of music and sparked a cultural revolution. The frontman and lyricist of the Sex Pistols and Public Image Ltd (PiL) caused a political earthquake and transformed music for good.

To coincide with the publication of his new book, the brilliant, funny and insightful I Could Be Wrong, I Could Be Right, he is touring the UK. Lydon will talk about how he sees life, along with his unique and extraordinary career, and take audience questions during a pyrotechnic, one-off tour. Lydon will be sharing his thoughts with audiences. He Could Be Wrong. He Could Be Right.

Simon Yates: My Mountain Life

On the remote Siula Grande in Peru in June 1985, mountaineer Simon Yates found himself in a desperately unenviable position. He was slowly being pulled off the mountain face by his injured partner, Joe Simpson, dangling on the rope 50 metres below.  His decision to cut the rope saved both their lives in the epic of survival that followed and with the publication of the book ‘Touching The Void’the later film and now stage play, both climbers became household names. 

It was an experience that could have put many off the sport of mountaineering – but not Simon. Over 30 years later, he is still a very active exploratory climber and guide, making several expeditions to the mountains each year. From the Arctic to the Antarctic, Alaska to Central Asia there is hardly a significant range that he has not visited.   

Come along and witness Simon’s tireless journey from that mountain in Peru to some of the remotest on the planet and share with him the drama, excitement and beauty of modern, lightweight alpinism. Told with wit, dry humour and lavishly illustrated with images and film collected on his great climbs. 

“Simon is a totally engaging speaker, who both entertains and inspires.” 

Tickets £15-16

Cultural Transformations – What’s Next? Issues and Challenges for Future Cities of Culture

Cultural Transformations – What’s Next? Issues and Challenges for Future Cities of Culture from the evaluation of Hull UK City of Culture 2017

The Culture, Place and Policy Institute are pleased to announce that booking is now open for our conference Cultural Transformations – What’s Next?: the final evaluation of the impacts of Hull UK City of Culture 2017.

We invite you to join us on 19-21 November 2019 for the release of the Hull UK City of Culture 2017 final evaluation report, along with a stimulating programme of insight and debate. Over three days, we will revisit the notion of culture-led urban transformations, encompassing perspectives from academics, practitioners, policy makers, funders and community members, and firmly embracing an international outlook. Questions about immediate impacts sit alongside the investigation of longer-term implications, and the conference explores the challenges for Cities of Cultures to keep the transformative momentum going.

Reflections are offered by Oonagh McGillion (Derry City & Strabane District Council), Claire McColgan (Culture Liverpool) and Martin Green (formerly Hull 2017 Ltd).

Keynote speakers, including film-maker, Sean McAllister and Professor Lynn Froggett (Professor of Psychosocial Welfare, University of Central Lancashire), join panellists from academia and the cultural sector, to consider issues for future urban cultural strategies, ranging from social equity to nurturing local talent and grassroots-led policy-making.

For further information and to book a place, please visit

The Institute of Applied Ethics

The Institute of Applied Ethics presents The Open Society and two of its enemies or “Plato = Hitler”
Professor David Weinstein (Wake Forest University, USA)

David will join us from the Wake Forest University, USA, as part of our Autumn seminar programme.

David’s talk will be drawn from the chapter on Karl Popper from his book, Jewish Exiles and European Thought in the Shadow of the Third Reich (CUP, 2017), which was co-authored with Avihu Zakai. He will focus on Popper’s claim that writing The Open Society and Its Enemies was his “war fighting” effort against Hitler. In one of his lecture notes, Popper writes “Plato = Hitler.” Many of Popper’s contemporaries in the UK and in the US saw Plato the same way after Hitler came to power. Popper and contemporary scholars saw themselves as explicitly very much engaged in ideological political philosophy and ethics. And is any political philosophy and ethics really anything else when all is said and done?

All Welcome – No booking required.

For enquiries please contact or 01482 465775