Hull – Past, Present, Future
On Friday 28th April the Humanities Faculty accompanied a selected group of Year 7 and 8 pupils on a field visit to explore the past, present and future of Hull – City of Culture 2017.
The day began at the Hull History Centre, where pupils were given a behind-the-scenes tour of the facility which houses over 200 000 documents and artefacts relating to the history of the city. Pupils were shown how to use the microfiche catalogue and visited the specialist conservation facilities where old documents are repaired and preserved.
Pupils were then set a challenge. ‘What was Henry VIII’s Hull like?’ was the key question, and the pupils were asked to investigate a range of sources, including an original copy of the letter sent to the Lord Mayor of Hull by Henry VIII in 1536. Pupils were able to ask and answer a huge range of questions using the artefacts and documents provided by the Centre.
In the afternoon, we were accompanied on a guided tour of the £26 million public realm works that are transforming Hull City Centre by Assistant City Manager Andy Bell. He showed the pupils plans for the city centre to help create a 21st Century city centre with interactive fountains, ‘sound benches’ and a host of other innovations that reflect Hull’s growing confidence as a City of Culture. We ended our tour enjoying artisan ice-cream in the spring sunshine along the newly regenerated Humber Street ‘Fruit’ area, having visited the fascinating art gallery at Number Eleven featuring urinal-based art work.
Truly a varied and interesting day. Thanks go to Mrs Atkin and Mr Thatcher for organising the visit.
Here is a video of the day filmed and edited by pupils Jack and Joshua: