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Doodles and Drawings: Art in the Archives

Archives...what does that word mean to you?

Does it conjure up visions of boring dusty documents and illegible text? Think again!

Following on from the Cabinet of Curiosities exhibition at Hull's Maritime Museum, Hull History Centre has created an exhibition, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, which will challenge your view of archives by showcasing some of the wonderful doodles and drawings to be found within its collections.

Through beautiful sketches, watercolours, drawings and doodles you will see that archives are not all text and that images can add as much to our understanding of the past as the written word. The items within the exhibition span the 14th through to the 21st centuries and include artwork created by volunteers who have taken inspiration from the collections at the History Centre.

Come along and see art in all its many guises, from medieval doodles through to modern day sketches, and engage with interactives which will help demystify the work carried out at the Centre to manage and preserve the City's heritage.

Amongst the gems in the exhibition see if you can spot our oldest doodle, Ranulph the rabbit. You’re bound to spot him. At just under 600 years old he can’t move very fast!

The exhibition has a supporting programme of events and activities: 

Letter Press Printing (adult workshop)

Learn the craft of letterpress printing with artist David Armes. In this free, short session you will set metal type by hand, impose a forme and print a small card in two colours using a tabletop Adana press. Please bring two short lines from a favourite poem or song.

There are spaces on the following workshop:
- Tuesday 28th November 14:00-16:30 


Making a Single-section Sewn Notebook (adult workshop)

Suitable for beginners, this free workshop will show participants how to make a simple hardback notebook. This will include folding and piercing the pages, sewing the book, creating a case binding using decorative papers and attaching the case to the book.

There are spaces on the following workshops:
- Thursday 2nd November 14:00-17:00
- Wednesday 6th December 14:00-17:00 


Marbling on Paper (adult workshop)

Let your imagination create beautiful patterns from colour floating on water and transfer it to a piece of paper. No previous experience needed for this free workshop, full instructions and guidance will be given.

There are spaces on the following workshop:
- Friday 17th November 10:00-12:00

Bookings can be made by phone (01482 317500) or in person at the Hull History Centre.