Hull, 2017

1917 and the year of …

Mata Hari was executed; John F Kennedy, Thesalonius Monk, Dizzy Gillespie, Ella Fitzgerald, Robert Lowell, Heinrich Böll and Émile Durkheim were all born. The Hull Pals met their armageddon at Oppy Wood; the mutiny of the French erupted at Verdun; the doughboys (yanks) arrived to turn the WW1 tide, the Balfour Declaration was signed and Lenin took that train to the Finland Station and the next thing you know is huge chunks of frozen cognac floated past the Hermitage (after looting) as the Bolsheviks took ten days to shake the world …

And one hundred years on … (we fervently hope – oops, a split infinitive by Robert Bell John) …

2017 and the year of …

HULL, CITY OF CULTURE, 2017. 

Hull is now the elected City of Culture for 2017 and the History Troupe is just one part of the Arts storm that is brewing in the “Rumoured City”. The leader of the Derry~Londonderry City of Culture team was asked what the main impact on Derry had been she said: “the conversation about itself”. This chat is in full swing here in Hull.

Ever since the bid was won, the vibe in Hull has been to open up that conversation here. What do the Arts mean beyond the glitzy High streets and well defined cultural places across the capitals of Europe? What can we learn from Derry~Londonderry? How can we leverage the roots and routes of this port City to engage with all parts of the community? This has been a wonderful journey so far and we all want to see this happen. The History Troupe aims to add to the momentum and to the capacity for delivery going forward.

Watch this space!