Workshops

The History Troupe workshops and talks respond to the brief given by the university, school, community centre or any special interest group. In addition to the examples given below, we are keen to develop a broader range of material and welcome any ideas.

Examples of workshops and talks:

  • Acoustic in the Archive: Led by Dave Gawthorpe and featuring Mick McGarry, Lloyd Dobbs (Hillbilly Troupe), singer / songwriter Jody McKenna and writer Rob Bell this session explored the Hull History Centre Archive as a means to writing songs.Delivery: Dave Gawthorpe led the musicians through some illustrative songs and then, the writers and musicians talked through their own creative process. This was followed by small group sessions taking a theme and building lyrics and music to suit.
  • Talk: Sharp Street and the impact of WW1 on local communities. This talk provides a context on Hull and the First World War brought alive with readings from Rob Bell’s book Sharp Street (Wrecking Ball Press, 2012).This talk has been held at the Opening of the Western Library, Hull; as part of the Hull Civic Society Heritage Open Days 2013 and other venues are in the pipeline.

    Delivery: Rob Bell gives a talk illustrated by a set of powerful images from the period. A Q&A session follows.  

  • Talk: Reaching for the Land of Green Ginger. From 1830 to 1914 over 2 million people passed through Hull looking for freedom and opportunity. This is their story told with historical context and readings from Rob Bell’s poetry files.This talk has been held at Cottingham Library; as a part of Hull Civic Society Heritage Open Days 2013 and several other venues are planned.

    Delivery: Rob Bell gives a talk illustrated by a set of powerful images from the period. A Q&A session follows.