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Hull People

The Hull History Centre collections include papers relating to many people with connections to the city and the local area. Follow the links below to read our guides to some of the most prominent.

George de Boer, geographer and expert on Spurn Head

Thomas Ferens, MP, businessman and philanthropist

John Godber, playwright

Professor George Gray, inventor of liquid crystal technology

Jack Harrison, sportsman and recipient of the Victoria Cross

Winifred Holtby, writer

Amy Johnson, aviator

Philip Larkin, poet and University of Hull Librarian

Andrew Marvell, poet

Anthony Minghella, writer and director

Ebenezer Cobb Morley, founder of the Football Association

Zachariah Pearson, mayor, philanthropist and blockade-runner

Alan Plater, playwright

Stevie Smith, writer

Ann Watson, benefactor of Ann Watson's Charity

William Wilberforce, MP and abolitionist

Thomas Tindall Wildridge, librarian, antiquarian, artist and author