Hull and the First World War

To commemorate the Centenary of the Armistice on 11 November 1918 which brought to an end the First World, the History Centre is showcasing some of its archives relating to the conflict. Among the documents on display are the scrapbook assembled by City Architect Joseph Hirst about his son who served in the War; the Book of Remembrance of St Paul’s Church, Sculcoates; and records relating to Pte Richard Jarvis, who died of wounds in 1916.

We also tell the story of the Zeppelin raids on Hull, the city’s Street Shrines, and the Hohenrein family, whose German name and origins meant they fell victim to anti-German prejudice during the War.

We’re exhibiting one of the ceramic poppies from last year’s display of Weeping Window, the poppy installation at the Maritime Museum, which was presented to the City and now is part of the City of Culture Archive here at the History Centre.

The display is on until 17 November, opening times as for the History Centre.


Find out more about the collections we hold relating to the First World War, with information grouped under a number of broad headings;

If you have a document related to the First World War that you think should be preserved, and would benefit users of the Hull History Centre, we would be pleased to hear from you.