Sauce gives arts festival the freedom to go digital all year round

Smart tech specialist Sauce is helping reinvent Hull’s biggest arts festival as an interactive, year-round digital experience. Freedom Festival will not go ahead in its normal format this year after large public gatherings were banned because of Covid-19. Established in 2007, Freedom Festival has developed a reputation as one of the UK’s leading and most innovative cultural and arts events. It celebrates Hull’s independent spirit through artistic and cultural expression, bringing renowned national and international…

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Two of Hull’s historic ships set to receive major restoration
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Two of Hull’s historic ships set to receive major restoration

The search is underway for a shipyard company to repair and restore two of Hull’s historic ships. Hull City Council has launched a procurement process to appoint a shipyard to undertake major restoration works that will preserve the Arctic Corsair and the Spurn Lightship for the next 100 years. For the last 20 years, a dedicated team of volunteers in partnership with the council have been protecting and preserving these two iconic historic ships. Now,…

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Allenby Commercial completes £1.2m renovation of heritage sites in Hull’s Old Town
Charlie Allenby of Allenby Commercial pictured outside the property, which dates back to the 17th century

Allenby Commercial completes £1.2m renovation of heritage sites in Hull’s Old Town

A developer breathing new life into old buildings in Hull has completed the £1.2m renovation of two historic riverside properties. Allenby Commercial has converted Danish Buildings and the adjoining Grade II listed Bayles House into 17 studios that are being snapped up by architects, film-makers, marketing professionals, tattooists and hair stylists. The renovation has been supported with £250,000 from the Government’s Local Growth Fund, secured by the Humber LEP. Chair of the Humber LEP, Stephen…

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Hull 1975 – The Cod Wars rage

If Skipper Richard Bird doesn't catch enough fish this time, he'll never sail another trawler out of St Andrew's Dock again. Even with the new deckie learner, Danny, he's four crew down already. There's a lot to deal with out in the North Sea. Gutting for sixteen hours straight, the freezing cold in your wellies, the waves as big as houses crashing over the bow and the narrow eyes of the rough Hessle Road lads.…

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Sowden + Sowden celebrate new contract win The marketing team are looking to shape the future of flood innovation

Motivated by the opportunity to continuously drive economic growth and inward investment to the Humber region, the Sowdens team is thrilled to announce we’ve secured the contract for the new Flood Innovation Centre in Hull, funded by the European Regional Development Fund and delivered by the University of Hull. The Flood Innovation Centre is a place focused on flood related research and it aims to help businesses develop innovative services, processes and products in flood…

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Cod & Communism – New Film from the Carnegie Heritage Centre

The Carnegie Heritage Centre in Hull have produced a new documentary about the experiences of Humber fishermen who were fishing in Icelandic waters between 1957 and 1977 – the era which has become known as the Cod Wars. Promo trailer here vimeo.com/435000640  ‘Cod and Communism’, a film  funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, has seen volunteers from Carnegie Heritage Centre help  research,  plan and help film the documentary which has involved  interviews with trawlermen and their families,…

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Spencer Group to Begin Rebuild of Historic Chain Suspension Bridge

Leading engineering specialist Spencer Group will begin work next month to refurbish and rebuild one of the world’s oldest suspension bridges. Hull-based Spencer Group will carry out a programme of essential works to preserve the 200-year-old Union Chain Bridge linking England and Scotland. With a single span of 449ft (137m), the historic crossing over the River Tweed from Horncliffe in Northumberland to Fishwick in Berwickshire was the longest wrought iron suspension bridge in the world…

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Launch of online exhibition celebrating Pride in Hull

An online exhibition, celebrating Pride in Hull, launches this weekend. The popular annual event, that sees tens of thousands of people gather in Hull City Centre to promote diversity and equality, is being celebrated with a new digital exhibition.Pride in Our City will feature people’s pictures, stories, videos, and memories, as well as documenting individuals’ experiences of being part of the LGBT+ community. Andy Train, co-vice chair of Pride in Hull, said: "This year, more…

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Local Barratt Developments’ Site Managers in Hull Recognised as Best in the Country

18 July 2020: Alongside the good news that Barratt Developments is back constructing and selling homes, six site managers from Barratt Developments Yorkshire East have won a top national award for the quality of the homes they are building from the National House Building Council (NHBC). Amongst the winners, Paul Dearnley, Senior Site Manager at David Wilson Homes’ Tranby Fields development in Hessle and Mark Greenley, Senior Site Manager at Barratt Homes’ Harrier Chase development…

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Hull City Council to buy Age UK Hull’s Bradbury House building

Hull City Council has agreed to buy Bradbury House in Porter Street, Hull.The building has been used as the headquarters of charity Age UK Hull since it was built in 2001. The charity is to relocate to a more prominent city centre location in summer. The building has been closed to the public since Tuesday 23 March due to the coronavirus pandemic. The acquisition will allow the local authority to move staff from older properties…

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University of Hull climbs 17 places in the Complete University Guide 2021

The University of Hull has risen 17 places in the Complete University Guide 2021 rankings. Published on June 9, the rankings see the University singled out as one of the biggest risers in the UK, climbing from 81st to 64th in the table. The University of Hull is now jointly ranked in 64th place with the University of the West of England, Bristol and – along with Arts University Bournemouth – is one of the two…

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BYGONE STREET GAMES by Alec Gill PART ONE (of Two): “Foggy First”

Virtual games seem to have replaced street games. Technology has always influenced the way society is shaped and individuals behave. Nothing stayed the same. The day it does is the end of progress. Now and again, however, it is good to reflect upon the past. So let’s take a look at the games kids played in the streets of Hull in bygone times. Timewise, I have focussed upon the “good old days” between the post-WWII…

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SHIVER MY TIMBERS! MARITIME SAYINGS used by LANDLUBBERS in EVERYDAY SPEECH ALEC GILL

Since the start of The Hull Hub, I have written articles for every issue (bar one). These mainly centred upon superstitions – especially ones revolving around Hull’s Arctic Trawling days. It’s time for a change. Another topic close to my heart is our rich English language. We are very fortunate having English as our Mother Tongue. We have such a vast vocabulary – many words to say the same thing in a variety of different…

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LUCKY BLACK CAT: Nine Lives Dr Alec Gill MBE

Why is it that only the British believe in ‘Lucky Black Cats’? Most foreign seafarers (including USA mariners) prefer a white cat aboard their ships. Cats spark off contradictory reactions in all sorts of areas. In Wales, if a black cat crosses your path, it was best to stroke it for good luck. A Yorkshire landlady boasted that she was non-superstitious; but if ever she received a postcard depicting a black cat, she dare not…

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Something Old, Something New… Dr. ALEC GILL MBE

WEDDING SUPERSTITIONS There are critical times in many people’s lives such as birth, marriage and death – or, as we say in Hull, “Hatched, Matched and Dispatched”. Superstitions are drawn to these key life events like bees to a honeypot. In this summer issue of Hull Hub, therefore, I would like to highlight the variety of folklore beliefs and traditions surrounding weddings and the honeymoon. The bride is more central then the groom – so…

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HOME, SWEET OMENS: A Fun Meander through an Old-fashioned Superstitious Household by Dr. ALEC GILL MBE

INTRODUCTION: Homespun Religion  Superstitions once inhabited every corner of many old-fashioned homes – especially in Hull, once the greatest deep-sea fishing port in the world. Taboo beliefs were not just a once-a-week activity but saturated every moment; and every nook and cranny of the home. In that sense, superstition was very much a homespun religion. It came from within the home rather than being imposed upon it by some outside religious order.  This article follows…

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APRIL ANTICS: And Hull’s Unique Tomfoolery

APRIL FOOLS’ and LEGGING-UP DAY April 2019 is a peculiar month. It is riddled with trickery, religion, and superstition. That is, April Fool pranks, Easter in the Christian calendar, and pagan undercurrents. Let’s start with the First of April – commonly known as Fools’ (or All Fools’) Day and, in Hull after twelve noon, Legging-up Day – a different kind of ‘leg-pulling’. April Fool is fun – for some, not everyone. It depends which end…

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The Mad Month of March: From White Rabbits to Mother’s Day

Dr Alec Gill MBE Should Hull re-brand itself as ‘Superstition City’? Why not make this a powerful USP (Unique Selling Point) for the port? After all, superstitions are universal and there is the old expression: “Of all seafarers, there are none more superstitious than fishermen”. Fishing is at the heart of Hull’s cultural heritage. It is still the world’s most perilous job – an extreme occupation – with a high loss of life. Crewmen battled…

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East Park named best free day out in East Yorkshire at Mumbler awards

East Park has been named the best local free day out in the Hull and East Riding Mumbler awards. The park in Holderness Road pipped the Streetlife Museum into second place in the parenting community group’s first Family Awards, celebrating the best things to do for families in East Yorkshire. Voting took place in January and February and results were due to be announced at an awards ceremony on Saturday 20 March before the event was cancelled…

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One hundred maritime objects chosen to feature in People’s Choice exhibition

Thousands of votes have been cast by the public to select 100 objects that feature in a new exhibition at the refurbished Hull Maritime Museum, joining many hundreds more as part of the new exciting displays. The People’s Choice exhibition will see some objects go on display for the first time. In the last three months 200 objects have competed for a place in the new exhibition. More than 10,900 online votes via Facebook, Twitter…

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