The 2017 UK City of Culture is...
Kingston upon Hull! So what does this mean for members of the EYFHS? Well, what better excuse do you need to explore the East Riding and discover more about your family history; the places they lived, the homes they lived in and the cemeteries where they were sadly laid to rest.
There is so much going on in Kingston upon Hull that there are events overflowing all over the East Riding. In Hull itself there will be 365 days of events encompassing the whole of The City, starting with a HUGE fireworks display and light show on January 1st which, we are told, will rival the shows in London and Sydney the night before. The only way to stay up to date with the what, when and where of events is by visiting the City of Culture web site at www.hull2017.co.uk
With so much going on we would recommend that you forget going abroad in 2017, go to Hull and feast on the festival! However, do not forget your research as this will also be a great opportunity for you to pay us a visit at The Carnegie Heritage Centre, home of the EYFHS and our extensive library of books and publications. We would also recommend that you make time to visit;
- The Hull History Centre, Hull's official archive with an incredible collection of local information on a huge range of topics. Located in Worship Street (HU2 8BG) with adjacent off-street parking and an excellent source of refreshments next door in The Old English Gentleman! www.hullhistorycentre.org.uk
- The Church of Latter Day Saints, as we all know, is an excellent place to visit if you are reaching out to the past in search of your ancestors. In Hull the Family History Centre is located on HoldernessRoad (HU9 3JA) and it should be placed very high on you 'to do' list if your ancestors were part of the mass emigration from Europe to the UK, USA and Canada. With plenty of on-site parking, a police station next door and some lovely fish and chips within a couple of hundred yards, what more could you need?
- The Hull People's Memorial can be found in Whitefriargate (HU1 2EX), but make sure to leave your car in a long-stay car park as you will spend a lot of time visiting this small city-centre voluntary exhibition and research centre. Relying entirely on donations for their existence, apart from the amazing collection of images, information and artifacts, the research team will share their discoveries about your ancestors with you - wherever you are travelling from. Take the children with you, they will love dressing up and taking a genuine WW1 weapon into 'The Hull Trench' during your visit. Please make sure you take your camera. www.hull-remembers.co.uk
- Beverley Treasure House is the home of the East Riding Archives Service, Located in Champney Road, Beverley (HU17 8HE). Parking around the Treasure House is for Blue Badge holders only, but there are a number of car parks within walking distance and the bus and rail stations are within a ten minutes walk. The archive holds a huge collection of records relating to Kingston upon Hull and the East Riding and there is a small on-site cafe. For something a little more special make your way to Wednesday Market where there are some very enticing eateries to enjoy.
During your visit please check the EYFHS events calendar to discover what is happening at our meetings in Beverley, Bridlington, Hull and Scarborough. Everyone is welcome to join us at any of our meetings, members and non members alike. We also operate a number of free Help Desks across the East Riding so check the dates and times and let's have a crack at those 'brick walls' together.
We really are looking forward to meeting you in 2017!