Arcade ExhibitionArcade Exhibitions

One of the most stunning features of the History Centre is its covered arcade which acts as the entrance for visitors upon their arrival. To make best use of this space we have got together with local community groups to organise a series of exhibitions that will run throughout the year. So why not take a few moments to have a break and a browse!

Arcade Exhibitions

If you'd like information on any of the exhibitions or are interested in holding an exhibition here please contact us on 01482 317500 or e-mail  

Current and future exhibitions include:


Title Description Dates
The Hessle Roaders: Hull's Fishing Community by Dr Alec Gill MBE

Hessle Roaders lived both a magic and tragic life, their community spirit linked with the perilous work of trawling Arctic waters. In 1971,with his Rolleicord camera around his neck, Alec Gill began to photograph the community.

His pictures captured children playing on the streets, neighbours gossiping in the terraces and life at sea on board a trawler.

Taken over a period of thirty years, the exhibition features a selection from over 6,600 striking images, documenting a close-knit community during a time of dramatic social change.

1-29 June

Plots, Intrigue and Treason: Hull in the Civil War 

In April 1642 Sir John Hotham, acting on behalf of Parliament, denied King Charles I entry into Hull at Beverley Gate.

Join us at our summer exhibition to find out more about this pivotal moment on the road to the English Civil War. Original material held in Hull and the East Riding illustrates the wider context of the Beverley Gate incident and tells the story of Sir John Hotham.

Discover the two sieges of Hull, why Queen Henrietta Maria visited Bridlington, a propaganda war (seventeenth century style), and the story of how Sir John Hotham became a hero, then a traitor - and ultimately met his fate at the Tower of London.

4 Jul - 21 Sep