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Hull - UK City Of Culture 2017

Journey back through a century of life in Hull, as East Yorkshire’s maritime jewel celebrates its landmark year as City of Culture.

The 20th century was a turbulent time for Kingston upon Hull, East Yorkshire’s long-overlooked maritime jewel on the Humber. Near-annihilation during the Second World War and the decline of the fishing industry presented a major challenge. But Hull is a resilient city, and life goes on - as this collection of films dating as far back as the Victorian era demonstrates.

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Hull - UK City Of Culture 2017

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View Royal Visits to Hull
Royal Visits to Hull
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Royal Visits to Hull 1978

The never ending Royal tour revisits Hull twice in a decade, with the Duke, the Queen and Prince Charles working their charm on children, factory workers and ex-seamen alike.

14 mins United Kingdom

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Hull's Tidal Wave
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Hull's Tidal Wave 1921

A tidal surge in Hull prompts poignant newsreel pictures of wreckage and recovery.

1 mins United Kingdom

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The Port of Hull
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The Port of Hull 1963

Dry facts meet aesthetic beauty in this industrial film showcasing Hull’s status as a thriving international port.

29 mins United Kingdom Director. John Taylor

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Hull Fair
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Hull Fair 1902

The ornate pavilions of cinematographs, boxing booths and menageries at Hull Fair.

5 mins United Kingdom

View Scenes at Monument Bridge in Hull
Scenes at Monument Bridge in Hull
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Scenes at Monument Bridge in Hull 1900

A melee of traffic, carts, trams, bicycles and people of all ages squeeze past the camera in Victorian Hull.

United Kingdom

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Scenes in Hull
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Scenes in Hull 1901

A street scene in Edwardian Hull is dominated by advertising for an event to celebrate returning soldiers from the Boer War.

United Kingdom

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Hull Street Scenes
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Hull Street Scenes 1957

A truly amazing slice of working class city life in post-war Britain as a young filmmaker becomes a part of the street life of Hull, revealing its everydayness in grainy detail.

27 mins United Kingdom

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Travelling for a Living
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Travelling for a Living 1966

This "musical profile of the Watersons" is a precious document of the British folk revival, much of it shot in their hometown, Hull.

38 mins United Kingdom Director. Derrick Knight

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Kingston Rowing Club at Practice
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Kingston Rowing Club at Practice 1902

A delightful day out on the water as Edwardian rowers mess about on the River Hull.

5 mins United Kingdom

View Lieutenant Clive Wilson and Tranby Croft Party
Lieutenant Clive Wilson and Tranby Croft Party
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Lieutenant Clive Wilson and Tranby Croft Party 1902

Celebrations to mark the return of a local hero from the Boer War offer an insight into his wealthy family.

9 mins United Kingdom

View Yorkshire County v Surrey at The Circle in Hull
Yorkshire County v Surrey at The Circle in Hull
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Yorkshire County v Surrey at The Circle in Hull 1968

Yorkshire, current leads of the County Cricket Championship table, take on Surrey on a rather dull and blustery day in Hull at The Circle.

4 mins United Kingdom

View Hull Shopping Centre Ravaged by Fire
Hull Shopping Centre Ravaged by Fire
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Hull Shopping Centre Ravaged by Fire 1928

Firefighters avert a city-centre catastrophe in Yorkshire, but there's no ignoring the fearsome power of this inferno.

1 mins United Kingdom

View Hull Victory Celebrations
Hull Victory Celebrations
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Hull Victory Celebrations 1945

After nearly six years at war the people of Hull show their relief and joy through dancing, children’s parties and other celebrations seen here breaking out all across the city.

38 mins United Kingdom Director. E.F. Symmons

View Royal Visit to the Port of Hull
Royal Visit to the Port of Hull
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Royal Visit to the Port of Hull 1969

The official opening of Queen Elizabeth Dock, Hull, by HRH Queen Elizabeth II and HRH Prince Phillip, the Duke of Edinburgh.

9 mins United Kingdom

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Port of Hull
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Port of Hull 1932

The fame of Sheffield steel has here reached Copenhagen, where an impressive shop has been established in the city centre specifically selling Sheffield cutlery.

11 mins United Kingdom

View Hull Street Scenes - Fiction Film
Hull Street Scenes - Fiction Film
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Hull Street Scenes - Fiction Film 1957

The age old story of two youths attempting to woo the same attractive young woman, then having a sword fight, but here given a comic twist at the end.

4 mins United Kingdom

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Hull City Football
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Hull City Football 1905

Hull City football club plays a friendly match in their inaugural season.

2 mins United Kingdom

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Davy Crockett
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Davy Crockett 1955

The Wild West arrives in 1950s Hull in the figure of the legendary Davy Crockett, here to learn some 20th century road sense.

24 mins United Kingdom

View Assembling Track at Chalk Lane Sidings, Hull
Assembling Track at Chalk Lane Sidings, Hull
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Assembling Track at Chalk Lane Sidings, Hull 1957

This is a fascinating, and somewhat puzzling, film of railway workers assembling a large section of crossover track, apparently not in situ.

23 mins United Kingdom

View Amos & Smith Boiler Works, Hull
Amos & Smith Boiler Works, Hull
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Amos & Smith Boiler Works, Hull 1900

Bicycles and broomsticks at the ready as workers finish shift at a marine engineering works in Victorian Hull.

1 mins United Kingdom

View Our Work and Workers: Kings Hall Mission
Our Work and Workers:  Kings Hall Mission
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Our Work and Workers: Kings Hall Mission 1923

The moral reform of potentially wayward youth is given methodical treatment in Hull in the 1920s, as a local Methodist Mission promotes the virtues of sport over alcohol.

10 mins United Kingdom

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Gentle Giants
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Gentle Giants 1965

This is a fascinating tour of a major manufacturer in Hull, before its disappearance, showing the quality of design and workmanship in the production of their cranes.

20 mins Great Britain

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Walton St. Xing - New
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Walton St. Xing - New 1963

A time when milk floats were commonly seen on our roads, along with Ariel motorcycles, helmets with leather ear coverings and the local corner shop was advertised on a hoarding.

4 mins United Kingdom

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Newlands Carnival
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Newlands Carnival 1931

This is a marvellous film from between the wars of children from an orphanage in Hull having a great time playing various eccentric games, such as racing wearing buckets as shoes.

12 mins United Kingdom

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Community Builder
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Community Builder 1968

Attempting to build communities while saving (millions of) pennies in Yorkshire leads to anonymous factory-line homes in 51 shades of grey.

17 mins United Kingdom Director. Roger Coward

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Working Together:  The Merchant Navy
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Working Together: The Merchant Navy 1972

Life on the ocean waves for a young apprentice deckhand, as he learns the ropes on a ferry from Hull to Gothenburg and takes the wheel of a 3,000 ton ship, hoping to make captain.

21 mins United Kingdom

View Miraclean
Miraclean
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Miraclean 1980

Everything from Marmite jars to vinegar bottles, they all need to be cleaned, and here is how it’s done, without a rubber glove in sight.

12 mins United Kingdom

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England Women's Cricket Eleven
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England Women's Cricket Eleven 1971

Can frail womanhood cope playing such a hardy sport as cricket? Abso-blooming-lutely! So says England Women’s captain Rachael Heyhoe Flint.

7 mins United Kingdom

View Amy Johnson Family Films
Amy Johnson Family Films
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Amy Johnson Family Films 1932

A rare insight into the public and private lives of the pioneering aviator, filmed by her father.

13 mins Great Britain

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