April 2017 saw the beginning of a project which will see the records of the Humber Ports of the British Transport Docks Board, later known as Associated British Ports, fully catalogued and made available to the public for the first time.
To enable us to catalogue the collection we secured funding from the National Cataloguing Grants Programme for Archives which has enabled us to employ a Project Archivist for 15 months to work on the collection. Robert subsequently joined our team and has been providing updates on how the project is progressing via the Hull History Centre blog.
Work on this project has been extended for 6 months, with the help of additional funding. The final catalogue will be made available both online and in our search room before the end of the year.
The importance of these records
After the creation of the Hull Dock Board in 1774 Hull’s dock network expanded rapidly and these records allow us to build a comprehensive picture of the workings of the various organisations at work in the Humber region during this period and how they combined to make the area a maritime success. Important for the understanding of the history and development of Hull and the wider Humber region, this collection, which covers the period 1772-1982, includes records relating to:
- The Hull Dock Company
- The Humber Conservancy Commissioners and Board
- The ports of Goole, Grimsby and Immingham
- The Aire and Calder Navigation
- The Dock and Harbour Authorities Association
- Hull and Barnsley Railway
- Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway
- North Eastern Railway/London and North Eastern Railway/Waterways and Ports