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Archives: Module and Research Guides

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

Help for Undergraduates and Postgraduates

HUA has developed a number of guides to aid students who wish to undertake archival research into specific subject areas. These subject guides are not aimed at a particular course or level of study, and merely seek to highlight collections relevant to the study of different subjects and themes. If postgraduate students require further information on subjects not covered by these general guides, please feel free to contact the HUA team for advice. 

HUA has also developed guides based on sessions that have been delivered by HUA staff at Hull History Centre, which sessions are prepared on the request of individual module tutors. To date, HUA has worked with Drama, English, History and Politics. Whilst we hope to increase our undergraduate and taught postgraduate module resources, we do not currently have guides for every module in these subjects. However, Hull History Centre staff are happy to answer any questions you might have regarding the identification of collections for subjects not covered in existing module resources.

In addition to reading this guide, all students and researchers may also find our 'Guide to Finding Archival Material' useful. You can find a copy of the PDF version here

Resources for Drama

Hull History Centre holds a number of drama related collections. Papers relating to individual dramatists include those of Alan Plater, John Godber, Stephen Gallagher and Anthony Minghella. The Centre also holds collections of playbills relating to dramatic productions staged at various local theatres, as well as programmes for events staged at the same. In addition to this material, there are several collections relating to specific theatre companies, including the Out-Of-Joint Theatre Company and Humberside Theatre in Education.

Module-specific and subject guides can be found here.

Resources for English

Hull History Centre holds strong literary related collections. In addition to the material found under the 'Resources for Drama' heading, we also have collections relating to various poets and literary figures. The Centre has very strong collections around Philip Larkin because of his close association to the University of Hull. Other poets for whom we have material include Archie Markham, Stevie Smith and the Hull Poets Group of the 1970s-1980s. There are also papers relating to the literary figures John Ruskin, Jean Hartley and Winifred Holtby.

As well as collections relating to individuals, we also hold material relating to literary publications including the poetry magazines 'Peterloo Poets' and 'Pheonix', and the University's own 'Torch', 'Torchlight' and 'HullFire'.

Module-specific and subject guides can be found here.

Resources for History

Archives held at Hull History Centre are a fantastic resource for students undertaking historical research. We have strong collections to support histories of maritime subjects, businesses, landed families and estates, crime and punishment, slavery, local studies and regional development, local authority administration in Hull, and much more.

As the designated repository for the records of Hull City Council and its predecessors, we have court records, council minutes, wartime records, city architects and buildings department files and plans, etc. Because of Hull's maritime character, we have shipping registers, whaling log books, and Hull Trinity House muster rolls.

Module-specific and subject guides can be found here.

Resources for Politics

Hull History Centre holds a large number of politics related collections of local, regional, national and international significance. These collections include the papers of MPs and political figures, pressure groups and political organisations.

Some of our MPs papers include those of John Prescott, Chris Mullin, and Patrick Wall. As well as these more contemporary politicians, there is material relating to earlier local MPs such as Sir Christopher Sykes born in the 18th century. We also have the papers of left wing personalities such as John Saville and John Platts-Mills.

Collections relating to pressure groups and organisations include those of Liberty (formerly the National Council for Civil Liberties), the Socialist Health Association, the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants, and Justice. We also hold material relating to a number of Hull Labour Party branches, the Co-operative Womens Guild and it's international branch.

Module-specific and subject guides can be found here.