Hull History Centre

“It is through buildings such as the Hull History Centre, 2009, by Pringle Richards Sharratt, with its elegant curved timber arcade, that Hull can best demonstrate its architectural and cultural renaissance... Further N on Worship Street is the former Central Fire Station, 1927 by Joseph H. Hirst and opposite the stylish Hull History Centre, 2009, by Pringle Richards Sharratt. A long two-storey building with an elegant wide glazed arcade running full-height along the s side formed by twenty-four curved laminated timber beams covered with three-layer inflated ETFE (Ethylene Tetrafluoroethylene, a transparent polymer) cushions. This superb resource centre contains a local studies library, search room and education spaces on the ground floor with the archives of the city and the University of Hull stored above.” Pevsner Architectural Guides: Hull, David and Susan Neave.

"This new centre is a trailblazer and other cities are looking at doing something similar. It is a great design and is taking archives out of the universities into the community with other facilities such as cafés. Normally, just five to ten per cent of archives are available to view, but with this centre a lot more will be available." Dr Tristram Hunt, Historian, broadcaster and Heritage Lottery Fund Trustee.

"I'm blown away by this fantastic building that marries the old with the new so well, and I am heartened to see Hull taking such pride in its heritage. The Hull History Centre must be the envy of archivists everywhere, but I've been equally impressed by the way staff at the centre are making history exciting and accessible to people of all ages through the events and education sessions they run. Hull should be proud of this unique place." Dan Snow, historian and broadcaster.


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