Summer of Sport 

11 June 2012

To mark the Euro 2012 tournament being held in Poland and the Ukraine, Hull History Centre is putting on a display of original records which reflect the city’s links with both countries.

Since the medieval period, Hull has had strong commercial ties to the Baltic and Eastern Europe, but these ties have also been cultural and demographic.

The display ranges from a medieval document recording a trade agreement between Hull and what is now Gdasnk in Poland, through letters home from the front in the Crimean War to material about the appearance in Hull of the great Polish classical pianist Artur Rubinstein in 1973.

Simon Wilson, Senior Archivist said: “It has given staff at the History Centre an opportunity to look through our collections and select a number of interesting items that highlight the breadth and depth of material that we hold.”

Cllr Terry Geraghty, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture said: “Euro 2012 gives an opportunity for the History Centre to highlight Hull and East Yorkshire’s long history of links with the host nations. As well as enjoying the football people will have the opportunity to view some of this history.”

The display runs until the end of June and will be followed by a display of material relating to cricket and tennis (2nd– 21st July) and then items relating to the Olympic sports including swimming, cycling, and athletics will be on display from 27th July through to the end of August.