University of Hull Students and Staff

searchroom readerUse 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 Online Catalogue.


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.

Research Advice

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 help.

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 archive offices.

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 on copyright.

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 you.

Learning and Teaching Support

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 or on 01482 317502.

Production of Module and Subject Guides

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 here.

Volunteering and Internships

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.