OpenCampus Culture Cafe - ‘Hull: Culture, History, Place’
Speaker: Dr Nicholas J. Evans, Lecturer in History, University of Hull.
The opening event of Hull being the 2017 UK City of Culture was an amazing series of installations across the city. Visited by an estimated 320,000 people they explored Hull's rich heritage as a maritime and cultural melting pot. One of the most poignant installations, Arrivals and Departures, projected onto The Deep the story that Hull was a major migrant entrepot between 1815 and 2017. This illustrated talk explores the history behind the City of Culture's installation – work that has occupied migrant historian Dr Nick Evans for the past two decades – namely that Hull played a crucial role in facilitating numerous waves of migrants from Europe, the Middle East and further afield. Whether arriving as migrants, refugees or merely transiting the port, these millions of migrants collectively shaped Hull. So many arrived each day that it made the port one of the most cosmopolitan cities in Britain and, some have argued, the Heathrow airport of its day.
Free Admission - All welcome – Booking is required, please visit http://libcal.hull.ac.uk/event/3302084