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Revealing the Past

Unlocking the Treasures in the Hull Local Studies Library

February 2019 will see the beginning of an ambitious two and a half year project to catalogue the books and archive collections within the Hull Local Studies Library and make them accessible to visitors at the History Centre, online and through exhibitions and wider community engagement.

The Hull Local Studies Library holds a wealth of information in many formats relating to the history of Hull, and although many of the reference books from the library collection are indexed on cards accessible in the Local Studies Library area, they are not currently discoverable via our online catalogues thereby reducing their accessibility and usage.

A generous grant from the James Reckitt Library Trust has enabled us to create a team to undertake the retrospective cataloguing of the existing reference books onto the library catalogue SIRSI, thereby removing  the dependency on the index cards and enabling us to reach a wider audience. The team will also catalogue the Local Studies archive collections giving researchers the opportunity to view material previously unavailable.

The team will consist of a Project Officer, a Project Assistant and an Audience Development Officer whose role will be to develop an outreach programme. 

This exciting project will enable us to:

  • increase access to the collections
  • promote the use of our local history and archival collections to inspire interest in the history of the City of Hull and its people
  • support research and learning for audiences across the world
  • foster lifelong learning and develop skills

The team will be sharing their experiences and discoveries via the History Centre blog as the project progresses.