Pop-up port gallery will celebrate the city’s rich maritime heritage

October 27, 2017

An exciting pop-up port gallery will showcase over 250 photographs and host an array of theatrical performances to reveal the story of the city’s rich maritime heritage.
The free ABP Pump House Gallery, suitably located at the port operators Grade-II listed building, aims to enlighten people of all ages about the story behind the roots of the Port of Hull, its heritage and what exciting future lies ahead of it.
To ensure the story lives on for future generations, the images will be digitally archived on the website www.inportstories.com
Chris Green, port manager for Hull and Goole, said: “We’re proud to bring to the community this highly anticipated project in this special building as it preserves Hull’s port history for many years to come.
“Thanks to the pivotal support of The History Troupe we have ensured many stories that were almost lost will be brought back to life through imagery and theatrical performances.
“We hope it will appeal to people of all ages with amazing imagery, workshops and plays and it will bring back fond memories to those who previously worked at the port throughout its recent history.”
The city of Hull was built because of the creation of the port in 1778 which predominantly traded in wool and coal. Now the port trades in mixed cargoes including biomass, containers and bulks such as sand and granite.
Today in total it contributes £538 million to the local economy every year and directly employs 1,200 people across the Humber.
Rob Bell, founder of The History Troupe, added: “Our History Troupe team have worked tirelessly by delving into ABPs archives and picking out the most fascinating and revealing stories about Hull.
“The four rooms will take you on a graphic journey from the late 18th century all the way to the future in 2050. There will also be striking sculptures on show by locally born Hull artist Huw Morris Jones.
“To top it off there is an exciting programme of talks, creative writing, spoken word and song. The play The Box is all about Hull docks, Boolin Prams and Hessle Road in the 1970s, Mick McGarry will be telling maritime tales in song and Reaching for the Land of Green Ginger is back to tell the tale of migrants through Hull 1880 to 1914.”
The free gallery and ticketed shows will run from Friday, 3rd November to Sunday, 10th December.
The gallery is open from 11am to 5pm Fridays and Saturdays and 12pm to 4pm Sundays.
Access is available via a free East Yorkshire Motor Services shuttle bus only on Fridays and Saturdays. It will run every hour from Kardomah94 Gallery, Alfred Gelder Street, until 5pm and Thieving Harry’s Gallery, Humber Street from 7pm.
On Sunday access is available only via a pedestrian walkway on Hedon Road (opposite the HM Prison Hull).
For full details visit www.inportstories.com and follow updates on Twitter @ABPHumber, @HistoryTroupe and Instagram www.instagram.com/inportstories/