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“At last the people in a body, To the town hall came flocking: ‘Tis clear,’ cried they, ‘our Mayor’s a noddy; And as for our Corporation - shocking”
Research Themes Supported
Hull History Centre holds the archival collections of the Local Authority in Hull. Such collections can aid research into many areas including:
- Justices of the Peace
- Borough and Corporation
- Town and City Council
- Committees and Departments
- Offices and Office Holders
- Apprentices and Freemen
- Customs and Excise
- Charities and Almshouses
- Orphanages and Homes
- Hospitals and Asylums
- Poor Law and the Board of Guardians
- Education and Schools
- Crime and Sentencing
- Building and Town Planning
- Parks, Swimming Baths and Public Spaces
Local Authority records commonly include minutes, reports, correspondence, plans, subject files, photographs, court papers, and registers for authority-run institutions.
The following PDF contains a list of HHC collections that may be useful to researchers interested in local authority.
The following material may also be useful when researching this area:
- Local newspapers, which often contain notices and reports of authority-initiated schemes, local elections, events in civic buildings and public spaces, and interviews with office holders.
- Landed family and estate collections, which often contain papers created by local magistrates in the course of their local authority duties.