Preparing for your visit

A few hints and tips to help you make the most of your visit to the Hull History Centre:

Before your visit

  • Wherever possible, do as much research prior to your visit and try to identify what information you want to find out.
  • If you are doing your family tree bring your notes with you. We have volunteers who run the Family History Help Desk on the first and third Thursday of the month.
  • Check our online catalogue - although not every item in the collections is described it does provide information about more than 310,000 documents and should help to identify relevant collections and resources.
  • Some material is available on microfilm - check our microfilm collections. To consult these records we recommend that you phone us (01482 317500) prior to your visit to reserve one of our microfilm readers.
  • If you have found original documents on our online catalogue that you would like to consult contact us (tel 01482 317500 or e-mail prior to your visit with the reference number and description for up to 5 items and we will get the items out for you - please give us at least two days notice before your intended visit.
  • To consult items in the searchroom you will need to bring your CARN ticket if you already have one, or bring some ID with your name and address on it (eg driving licence, utility bill etc) and we will issue you with a CARN ticket.
  • If you are visiting from outside of Hull, there is a list of nearby hotels that may be useful.
  • The History Centre will open at 10am and not 9.30am on the third Tuesday every month to allow for staff training.
  • Smoking or the use of electronic cigarettes is not permitted at the History Centre.

When you arrive

  • The History Centre has a suite of 12 PCs with free internet access, and MS office software. To use the ICT facilities you will need a Hull Library ticket - please bring some proof of address if you would like to register for a Library ticket.
  • If you intend to use the searchroom you will be asked to use pencils only and turn your phone onto silent.
  • The searchroom is deliberately cooler than other public areas to protect the archives, so you may want to keep a jumper or cardigan with you. We will ask you to leave coats and bags in the free lockers that are provided.
  • We offer a reprographic service to provide photocopies or digital copies of documents. If you would like to order copies, please speak to a member of staff.
  • You are welcome to use your own digital camera to photograph documents. Our standard charges apply.

If you are unable to visit us in person we offer a paid research service.