History Makers

Lego artist minifigureCalling Lego addicts and artists of all abilities…

Do you know what role Hull University played in bringing you the iPad? Or why King Charles I was refused entry into Hull in 1642?

Why not join us here at the History Centre as we discover more about our city’s history!

Since October 2014 we have been running monthly free family events. With lots of Lego building and craft activities, we explore the history that makes Hull such a unique and fantastic place to be.

Come prepared to build masterpieces in Lego, and to colour, construct, glue, bejewel and design, as together we make history!

The sessions are held on Saturdays 9:30-12:30 and anyone can come along. All ages are welcome, from 2 to 102, we just ask that under-16s bring a responsible adult along. There’s no need to book, just drop in and see us.

Some sessions will feature super secret events and prizes which we will be advertising closer to the time. We will also be putting on additional sessions during some school holidays. You can find the latest news by following our 'History Makers’ updates on the History Centre blog and our Facebook site

The dates for 2017 have been set, but we will be releasing details of our 2017 programme throughout the year, check back for latest details:

Saturday
1st July 
9:30-12:30
Listen...!
A fun workshop with artist Jason Singh as he explores vocal sound effects. We will also make things inspired by sound and noise.
Monday
24th July
10-4pm
Civil War
An additional session with activities to tie-in with our exhibition Plots, Intrigue and Treason: Hull in the Civil War. The arcade will be open but the library, PC suite and searchroom will not be open on this day.
Monday
31st July
10-4pm
Civil War
An additional session with activities to tie-in with our exhibition Plots, Intrigue and Treason: Hull in the Civil War. The arcade will be open but the library, PC suite and searchroom will not be open on this day.
Saturday
5th August 
9:30-12:30
Beverley Gate 
Lets build defences to defy King Charles as we re-enact the siege of Hull in 1642. Design your own coat of arms to go on your shield. 
Monday
7th August
10-4pm
Civil War
An additional session with activities to tie-in with our exhibition Plots, Intrigue and Treason: Hull in the Civil War. The arcade will be open but the library, PC suite and searchroom will not be open on this day.
Monday
14th August
10-4pm
Civil War
An additional session with activities to tie-in with our exhibition Plots, Intrigue and Treason: Hull in the Civil War. The arcade will be open but the library, PC suite and searchroom will not be open on this day.
Monday
21st August
10-4pm
Civil War
An additional session with activities to tie-in with our exhibition Plots, Intrigue and Treason: Hull in the Civil War. The arcade will be open but the library, PC suite and searchroom will not be open on this day.
Saturday
2nd September 
9:30-12:30

Bricks and mortar 
Explore Hull’s rich architecture by recreating some of its iconic buildings in Lego or design a building for our City of Culture.

Monday
4th September
10-4pm
Civil War
An additional session with activities to tie-in with our exhibition Plots, Intrigue and Treason: Hull in the Civil War. The arcade will be open but the library, PC suite and searchroom will not be open on this day.
Saturday
7th October 
9:30-12:30
to be announced August 2017
Saturday
4th November 
9:30-12:30
to be announced August 2017
Saturday
2nd December 
9:30-12:30
to be announced August 2017

                                                                                                                                                           And remember, if you have any Lego that needs a new home - please think of us!                         Hope to see you all there!                                                                                                            

History Makers Team

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Past events

The 'History Makers' events originated as a series of four family activity sessions in August 2014 designed to celebrate the work of architect Francis Johnson. During these events we explored various aspects of the Francis Johnson & Partners collection held at the History Centre. We designed our dream homes, stained glass windows and cities of the future, as well as making Georgian masks and attending a masquerade ball at the assembly rooms!

Owing to the success of the format, which involved Lego builds and crafting activities, we devised an annual programme of such events, each based on a different theme from the archives. In our pilot year of 2015 we explored Hull poets at our 'Frogs and Toads' event, Hull's liquid crystal legacy in our 'Chemistry and Crystals' event, the history of Rugby League in Hull at our 'Rugby Revelry' event and much more.