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Information relating to archive material held both in Hull and across the country

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What is Hull History Centre?

Home to Hull University Archives, as well as the City Archives and Local Studies Library, Hull History Centre is a fantastic research facility in the heart of Hull. Free to all, including University of Hull students and staff, the History Centre provides access to 1000s or archival collections relating to a huge range of subjects.

Hull University Archives

Hull University Archives used to be located within the BJL on campus. However, in 2010 HUA moved to the History Centre where collections can be cared for in a state-of-the-art archives building with much better public access.

Our unique collections are here to aid students and academics in the production of world class research. We hold the University of Hull's own records, which document the history of the organisation. We also hold collections to support research in the areas of business and commerce, landed families and estates, politics and pressure groups, and literary themes.

The University Archives' holdings are supplemented by material from the City Archives and Local Studies collections, which document all aspects of the history of Hull. This includes the City's maritime heritage, the administrative activities of the council and its predecessors, crime and punishment, the fate of the city during the warfare of the early to mid 20th century, geographical and architectural development, and much more.

For further information about our holdings you can access the History Centre's online catalogue and visit the 'Our Collections' pages of the website. 

Visiting Hull History Centre

Located on Worship Street, behind the New Theatre and opposite the old Central Fire Station, the Centre is just a 10 minute walk from Paragon Interchange. From campus it is easy to get to the Centre as there are a number of buses that will take you into the Interchange (5, 103, 105, or 115). Further directions can be found on the 'Visit Us' pages of the Centre's website.

The Centre is open Tuesday to Friday (9:30-5:30) and is also open every 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month (9:00-4:30). Further details about Saturday opening can be found on the website.

Contact Hull History Centre

If you wish to contact us you can do so by using the email address To contact the University Archives team simply mark you email 'FAO University Archives'. You can speak to someone by phoning 01482 317500.

Should you need to contact the University Archivist, Simon Wilson, directly you can do so using the following address, or by phoning 01482 317502.