To commemorate the centenary of the Armistice on 11 November 1918, which brought an end to the First World War, Hull Museums and the Hull History Centre are showcasing archives and collections relating to the conflict.
The incredible archive includes photographs and first-person accounts of the war. Also one of the ceramic poppies that appeared in last year’s Weeping Willow display outside the Maritime Museum.
The collection is on display at the Hull History Centre until Saturday 17 November.
Councillor Marjorie Brabazon, chair of Hull Culture and Leisure, said:
“This incredible archive is a humbling reminder of the huge sacrifice and significance of the First World War.
“Hull, like towns and cities all over the UK, played an important role in the war. Thousands of men and women signed up – many of whom lost their lives.
“Their bravery should never be forgotten. This archive reminds us of their sacrifice, as well as educating recent generations of what was given so willingly and courageously.”
Among the documents on display at the History Centre is a scrapbook assembled by architect Joseph Hirst about his son who served in the War, the Book of Remembrance of St Paul’s Church, Sculcoates, and records relating to Pte Richard Jarvis who died of wounds in 1916.
The documents also tell the story of the Zeppelin raids on Hull, the city’s Street Shrines and the Hohenrein family, whose German name and origins meant they fell victim to anti-German prejudice during the War.
First World War Collection Goes On Display in Hull
Martin Taylor, city archivist at Hull History Centre, said:
“We’re also exhibiting one of the ceramic poppies from last year’s display of Weeping Window, the poppy installation at the Maritime Museum. This was presented to the city and now is part of the City of Culture Archive here at the History Centre”
The Museum and History Centre team are also making their collections available online through the Humber First World War website www.humberfirstworldwar.co.uk, exploring the local consequences of this global conflict.
Designed to be accessible to the public and schools, the website also reflects on how the war affected men, women and children in the Humber region year by year through an interactive timeline showcasing museum and archive collections from Hull, the East Riding and North Lincolnshire.
The team have also uploaded new source material to the Hull Curriculum website for Primary Schools, including a downloadable trail to help schools discover Hull’s First World War stories at some of the city’s key buildings and locations.
They have also distributed a high-quality resource pack to every secondary school in the city. Packs include a selection of outstanding images. These have local connections, primary source documents, activity sheets and a tailored lesson plan booklet and teacher guide.
Included are stunning images of the famous installation by artist Paul Cummins and Designer Tom Piper: Poppies, Wave and Weeping Widow. The pack brings together aspects of history, literacy and art to support secondary schools to commemorate the First World War.
“These resources will be a very powerful tool in helping schools to commemorate the First World War in a meaningful way.”