University of Hull Students and Staff
Use of archives is a key element in the
creation of strong research projects at both undergraduate and
postgraduate level in arts and humanities subjects.
This page is designed to signpost
University of Hull students and academic staff to the availability
of help and advice in using archives, which is provided by
University Archives staff at Hull History Centre.
Please note that detailed information
relating to our archival holdings can be found on 'Our Collections' pages and the History Centre's
University of Hull Library staff
maintain pages detailing the types of resources available for
the study of different subjects and courses. These are hosted on
the Library's LibGuides site.
An Archives LibGuide
can be found on this site. The guide provides detailed
information about finding and using archives for research. It also
provides information about the specific resources and
collections available at Hull History Centre.
If you cannot find the information you
need online, or are having trouble locating specific archival
collections, staff from the University Archives team are happy to
We can advise on: finding primary
sources for a dissertation topic from amongst collections at Hull
History Centre; using national databases and online catalogues to
find archives located elsewhere; locating and using other
If you do find relevant sources at
Hull History Centre, staff on hand will help you by: advising on
how to read old styles of handwriting; producing photocopies or
digital images of selected documents (for which there will be a
charge); advising on how to cite references and
We can be contacted by email at
(FAO University Archives) or by telephone on 01482 317500. Please
ask for the University Archivist, Simon Wilson, or one of the
Assistant Archivist, Sarah Pymer and Claire Weatherall.
You can also visit us at Hull History Centre during our
opening hours and
our front of house archives staff will be happy to help advise
Learning and Teaching
University Archives staff also provide
seminars for students on how to find and use archives. Seminars are
delivered at Hull History Centre and involve an introductory
talk, a tour of the centre, and opportunity to explore examples of
original archival material.
These sessions can be arranged by
individual module tutors by contacting the University
Archivist, Simon Wilson, at firstname.lastname@example.org or on
Production of Module and
As part of our work to provide
seminars for students, we have worked with a number of tutors
to provide some module specific guides. PDFs of these guides
can be found here.
We have also developed a number
of more general subject guides, PDFs of which can be found
Archives staff are always
interested in developing internship programmes in partnership
with academic departments. In the past we have worked with Drama,
English, Geography, History and Politics.
We also welcome applications from
individual students who may wish to volunteer with us. One student
has added her
account of her experiences to the volunteer Case Studies.
However, please be aware that we are a small team and cannot always
accommodate volunteer placements. For further information please
see our volunteering page on this
site, or the volunteering section of our Archives Libguide.