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Stories from the Strongrooms

In this series of short video talks, Hull History Centre staff explore some of the stories we've found in our collections. Subscribe to our YouTube channel to make sure you never miss a new video!

How the Jewish community in Hull made a living

Join us as we look at how members of the long established Jewish community in Hull have made their living. Over the years, the Jewish community in Hull has imbued its public spirit in the city and passed on its energy that has allowed it to make contribution to the city far greater than in proportion to its size.


South Riding: Real-life inspiration behind a fictional world

Join us in celebrating the 85th anniversary of the publication of Winifred Holtby’s most famous novel, South Riding. In this video, archivist Laura explores some of the real life inspirations behind the location, themes and characters found within the fictional world of South Riding.


Winifred Holtby: International Woman in History

Join us in celebrating International Women’s Day by exploring the incredible story of local journalist, political activist, social rights campaigner and author Winifred Holtby.

Winifred Holtby is best known for her novel South Riding and for her friendship with Vera Brittain, but in this whirlwind overview of her life we hope to show you there is far more to this fascinating woman, who devoted her life to countless causes, speaking out in support of women’s rights, peace and racial equality at a time when fascism and war loomed.

For more information see our research guide on Winifred, which includes a useful source guide to help you find books and documents relating to Winifred Holtby.

Amongst our collections here at the Hull History Centre is a huge collection relating to the public and personal life of Winifred Holtby, including correspondence, photographs, presscuttings, notebooks and original manuscripts of her work. Search the collection on our online catalogue.