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Hull City Archives

Hull City Archives is responsible for the preservation of archives and records relating to all aspects of life within the City of Hull. For further information on our Preservation Policy, please click here. The core of its holdings are the records of local government starting with the charter 1299 and including financial records from 1330 onwards, minutes of the governing body from about 1440, correspondence from 1500 as well as the records of the many specialised local government agencies – improvement commissions, poor law unions, school boards etc and the City Council itself with its vast range of functions past and present.

Hull has a remarkable collection of 16th and 17th century borough records. These cast light on aspects of national and regional history, as well as the history of the City itself. Some of these records have been transcribed, and can be found at*

These are supplemented by records received for preservation from private bodies and individually. They include the records of businesses (fishing, seed crushing, engineering etc), churches (especially the Methodist Church), charities (especially the Municipal Charities and the Charterhouse), families (e.g. the Pease family), clubs and societies etc etc. There are also substantial holdings of Central Government Records including the Court of Quarter Sessions, the Magistrates Court, Hull shipping registers and crew lists of trawlers. Subject to statutory and confidentiality restrictions all these records are available to anyone who wishes to use them and agree to abide by the in-house rules which exist to protect the documents and other users.

For further information please go to the link on the rhs

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