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Memory Bank: Hull

The History Troupe and the Yorkshire Film Archive are delighted to announce the launch of Memory Bank: Hull – a new reminiscence resource based on Hull’s film heritage collections, revealed once more for everyone to see and enjoy.
Memory Bank: Hull was created in conjunction with healthcare professionals, carers and families, to provide a complete resource for reminiscence and life story work. The packs are all about using archive footage of familiar faces, places, events and everyday lives to re-discover and connect with our collective shared memories.
For people of Hull that means films of the docks and the fishing industry, summer days spent in East Park getting drenched on the splash boat, reliving the drama of the 1980 Rugby Challenge Cup Final between Hull FC and Hull KR, and – of course – a visit to the famous Hull Fair. All this and more!

Memory Bank: Hull provides a wealth of information to support reminiscence, designed to be flexible in a variety of settings – it is now available to purchase below for £29.99

If you’d prefer to pay via cheque or have any questions about Memory Bank: Hull please email daniel@thehistorytroupe.org

Spring Summer Season with THT

Launched as a Performing Arts company in 2015, THT is growing as an innovative content producer and educator building on strong content generating talks, workshops, plays and musical performances for schools, firms and across the community. THT Heritage builds on this content and performance experience to offers to research, produce and exhibit a range of local hidden histories.

The THT Spring Summer season is building from this platform.


Aside of Events listed here and at Hull Box: Office, https://www.hullboxoffice.com/

The Vote, a play about dementia. To be launched in National Dementia Action Week with the Memory Bank, Hull Pack – this is a collaboration with Yorkshire Film Archive. May 21st to the 27th.

The Strange Death of Corsetry; Mabel Thunder and a series of talks on the impact of WW1 on Hull are all being finalized.

The Rugby theme with Run for the Line; Heroes and A Tale of Two Cities continues to generate strong audiences; The Strange Death of Corsetry – a play about women pre / post WW1 extends the repertoire in this closing centenary year. Dates being agreed across the City.

November, 2018. Daniel Morgan, Tarin Puckering and Dave Gawthorpe are working on THTs 1918 commemoration. Already booked – Truths at St Marys Watton on the 10th; Hessle for the 11th November.

NCOP and widening participation.

Work with the UoH and FORCE on widening participation into Further Education builds momentum. Workshops with Cottingham High School, Franklin College, Malet Lambert, Marvell College, St Marys, The Boulevard, Winifred Holtby and others within the last term. Then, there is Community related work with Carnegie, The Freedom Centre, West Hull ARL Club.

The THT offer has developed. A sister company has been launched: 2050NOW – with a focus on employability. This means talks, workshops and exhibitions all about building self-confidence, digital and functional literacy and teamwork. More on this later.

Heritage Exhibitions.

Building on the ABP Pump House success, Daniel Morgan leads on THT Heritage Exhibitions. The Pump House will be open again shortly – details to follow. From May 14th, a new Exhibition: Hull, Port City will open at the Hull History Centre. This theme is explored with information boards and photography drawn from the InPort Stories digital archive. Other Exhibitions will on the Hull Barnsley Railway; Safety at Work; Madam Clapham and her Times; Women of Hull and Wilsons Parrots – a story of immigration through the Humber 1880-1914.

Each Exhibition will be the catalyst for other heritage related talks, workshops and performances.


THT has built a strong platform of content and this pipeline is opening up. Sally Evans Witts is joining THT to explore new writing for the stage; Barry Matthews, an authority on poetry of the First World War is working with THT on a ground-breaking re-interpretation of the canon and a new collaboration with theatre group Platform 1 is opening up a fresh dialogue on contemporary issues. Several people have submitted writing and this is being looked at. Rob Bell has written a new play, The Vote – a play about dementia and this will be staged at the end of May.

 Platform 1.

Inspired by the story of migrants moving through Hull Paragon 1880-1914 a group of new arrivals in Hull have launched this innovative at important theatre group, THT is pleased to support these efforts. Rob Bell has collaborated with Platform 1 on the script Middle Sea. Which will appear at Kardomah94 26th June.

THT Players

Since THT launched a number of fine actors have trod the boards and we are delighted at recent additions to the team welcome. Here are the players:

Ailsa Oliver, George Martin, Gina Garton, Joe Mankel, Kathryn Flyn, Mary McCullough, Sally Evans Witts, Soraya Hussain. Adding to stalwarts Daniel Morgan, Graham Hamilton, James Crowther, Lilly Barr, Mike Watts, Norah Hanson, Shane Edwards, Stan Haywood, Tarin Puckering