Hull History Centre

Moving into a new centre

Thanks to a Heritage Lottery Fund grant of £7.7m and another £3m of matched funding, the new Hull History Centre building has 13 linear km of atmospherically controlled storage space to house thousands of rare and historically important books, as well as maps, newspapers, theatre playbills, records, family papers, illustrations, 100,000 photographs and, among other important local collections, the letters of pioneering aviator Amy Johnson and the papers of the poet Philip Larkin.

The move, which was seven months in the planning and execution, required the specialist handling and relocation of a wide range of historical and unique documents, using proven methodologies for packing, indexing and relocating maps, plans, charts, large books, bound newspapers, many fragile collections as well as the Archive’s own files and card index systems.

In total 28,000 boxes were moved in sequence into their new climate controlled locations.

The consolidation of Hull’s archives has enabled the creation of a single online catalogue, and will in future allow greater online access.