Hull History Centre hits
new high, 6th April 2009
The topping out ceremony marked a key
milestone for the Hull History Centre.
The Lord Mayor of Kingston Upon Hull and
Admiral of the Humber Councillor Elaine Garland tightened the last
bolt to complete the roof structure, and commemorate the 'topping
out' of the highest element of the new building.
The Hull History Centre is a project between
Hull City Council and the University of Hull. As part of the
ceremony, a plaque was unveiled at the construction site in Mason
Street in the city centre. There was also a partial tour of the
site, highlighting areas of the new building that will house the
resources the public can use to research local and family
As well as representatives from the council,
university and building contractor ISG, guests from the Heritage
Lottery Fund, which has contributed £7.7 million to the project,
will also attend the event.
Fiona Spiers, Head of the Heritage Lottery
Fund for Yorkshire and the Humber, said: "This is a landmark day
for this exciting scheme. Its symbolises the realisation of a dream
to bring the history of Hull to life for new generations."
Martin Taylor, Hull City Council history
services manager said: "We are really pleased that many of the
people who have been instrumental in getting this project off the
ground will be coming together to celebrate this milestone. For
some it will be the first time they have seen the site in
Judy Burg, University of Hull Archivist
commented: "It has been exciting seeing the building taking shape
over the past year and it is wonderful to have reached this
milestone with the main structure complete.
"We can now really begin to visualise all the
new services and activities that will be possible once the History
Centre is open."
Lord Mayor Councillor Elaine Garland said: "It
is really exciting to reach this important stage in the
construction process for a building that will be of interest and
use to the public in Kingston upon Hull, and which will contain
some of our most important records and artefacts that support our