Hull is the UK City of Culture 2017 and is hosting a plethora of events throughout the year. To celebrate this prestigious award the autumn issue of the Yorkshire Journal is dedicated to Hull.
Hull, City of culture.
Daniel Theyer takes us on a whirlwind journey through time in Hull from its foundation up to the present day. The reason why you will look in vain for red telephone boxes is explained before going on to a selection of famous people which Hull has produced. The first to feature is the poet Philip Larkin, a complex, outspoken, contradictory and talented man who was appointed University Librarian at the University of Hull in 1955, a position he held until his death in 1985. Then, with contributions by Margaret Mills, comes William Wilberforce; a man whose name is associated with the 18th and 19th century movement to abolish the slave trade, but who was also an admired politician and campaigning social reformer.
Next Ethel Leginska, an unusual pianist of some renown. She refused to wear evening dress at her concerts, because music mattered not expensive fashionable dresses. Then Thomas Ferens, who financed the building of the Ferens Art Gallery. Today it includes many works of art which Ferens purchased himself, as well as works of historic and contemporary artists. This is followed by aportrait of Amy Johnson, Britain’s most famous aviatrix, a Yorkshire heroine whose mysterious death may have been finally solved. The Waterson family comes next, in their time one of the most influential groups in the English folk revival, achieving near superstar status in the UK. Lastly, but not least is David Mark, the author of the acclaimed DS Aector McAvoy crime fiction series set in Hull.
Hull’s First Railway
In our next feature Stephen Riley gives an account of Hull’s First Railway that developed internationa l shipping routes from its terminus at Manor House Street station (also known as Kingston Street station) adjacent to the Humber Docks which opened in 1840. It was demolished in 1858 after the Paragon Railway station was opened in 1848.
Bronze Age Boats from North Ferriby
Jeremy Clark takes us back in time to the Bronze Age in his article on the Bronze Age Boats from North Ferriby, near Hull. These boats are Europe’s earliest known examples of sea craft. Both half and full size replicas have been built and tested. A full scale outline of the North Ferriby Boat with an information board can be seen on the Humber bank near the North Ferriby foreshore. It forms part of both the Yorkshire Wolds Way and the long distance Trans Pennine Trail
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