Spanish Civil War @ Hull History Centre
“Here lies half of Spain…” wrote Jose De Larra in 1936 “…it died of the other half” - as it was a century later. Alfonso XIII abdicated in 1931; a Republic was established and then from 1936-39 the International Brigade and others from the Popular Front, POUM and the CNT fought to defend the Spanish Republic against the Nationalist forces of General Francisco Franco.
Hull had some part in supplying the war effort; as a home for children from the battle zone and, as a life changing cause for nine men and a woman from Hull fighting on the Republican side.
This Hull and the Spanish Civil at Exhibition at Hull History Centre features the core story from the Hull International Brigade Memorial group; images from Hull College students inspired by the conflict; talks and performances on a range of related topics from The History Troupe, Gary Hammond and Manuel Moreno.
Sense of Place + InPort Stories @ The Marvell College
The InPort Stories project explores working life on the docks in words and pictures. First displayed at Associated British Ports Pump House on Alexandra Dock 2017-18, it has toured North Point Shopping Centre; Hull History Centre; Paragon Station and now The Marvell College.
The History Troupe worked with Marc Cooper, Head Teacher of The Marvell College and Associated British Ports, to build links between the port and the wider community. Large scale photographs of the docks from the 1950s were placed around the school with no explanation. Curiosity grew as students wanted to know more about their roots, heritage and futures.
These powerful images were from an era before containers, when gangs of eighty plus dockers unloaded ships, piece by piece, with their dockers’ hooks. Many cargoes were highly dangerous to handle. Black widow spiders amongst the bananas; wet pit props slipping from crane grabs and lung wrenching asbestos falling snow in the hold.
The InPort Stories project offered an opportunity for students to explore their community and develop a connection between these photograph’s and what they see around them today; challenging them to give their own interpretation of a ‘Sense of Place’. What you see in this collection are photographs taken by enthusiastic students on their walks home from school, exploring hidden corners and landmarks from where they live. These are powerful images.
Hull Connected @ Hull Paragon Station
Hull Connected was an exhibition about how rail has played a pivotal role in the ownership and growth of the port.
We started with how rail emerged; the network was created and capacity soon grew around trade in wool, coal, timber, oils and other cargoes such as fish and migrants. Ownership of the port was always contentious. The North Eastern Railway opened up the city to the National network, but the Hull & Barnsley Railway was seen by local businessmen, such as Charles Wilson, as a way to build monopoly that was slowing Hull’s growth.
The story of rail is not just about trade and connectivity. There are local hidden histories of real interest to enliven the story. Navvies - mostly from the North of England and Ireland - dug the docks and laid the tracks in rowdy gangs who worked and played hard. Dockers and railway workers had a tradition of defending their livelihoods - especially against investment in the port that meant reduced work for their members.
InPort Stories @ North Point Shopping Centre
Between 5th and 20th of July, InPort Stories’ photographic pop-up exhibition moved into unit 15 of North Point Shopping Centre in Bransholme. Over the course of these two weeks, hundreds of local residents passed by the exhibition to see our collection of images for themselves, and to share personal stories and familial anecdotes about the docks. Their contributions brought the pictures to life, and helped to celebrate such a vital element of Hull’s history.
Hull Port City + InPort Stories @ Hull History Centre
Hull is more than a story of fish now long gone. Trade and cargoes in everything from wine, hides and timber to wool, coal and migrants triggered the building of staithes and docks to handle sailing ships, steamships and turbines down to now.
There is a wider context. Like ports worldwide people passing through trade, share experiences and ideas. The port in the title of this Exhibition puts paid to any notion of Hull being at the end of a line. Hull, Port City has long been in the middle of supply chains criss-crossing the world and today is the catalyst for the Humber as an Energy Estuary. This Exhibition explores the roots, heritage and future of Hull as a port city. We start with Hull’s location on the Humber Estuary – derived from the Latin for river or, the tale of Humber-the-Hun who drowned while trying to invade giving his name to the Estuary. Hull’s proximity to Europe and, especially when roads were poor, major rivers like the Ouse and the Trent gave the port a competitive edge. Rail connections speeded up growth and capacity grew from the town docks to the east and a specialist fish processing area to the west. Today, the port serves a diverse hinterland across the North and into the Midlands; the hub of the Energy Estuary.
InPort Stories @ Alexandra Dock Pump House Gallery
The Hull and Barnsley Railway Company opened Alexandra Dock in Hull on the 16th July 1885.
The InPort Stories Alexandra Dock Pump House Gallery was open from 3rd November through to 10th December. Accessed via vintage double decker buses from various points in Hull City Centre, the exhibition comprised of three main sections: Roots – all about the topography of the Humber and why the port city emerged; Heritage – all about the evolution of the dock facilities through to the late 20th Century; and Futures – Green Port Hull and the Siemens Wind Turbine factory as a catalyst for future innovation. The space also played host to an excellent Arts Programme of spoken word, theatre, music and workshops.