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.
'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 @ 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.