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Summer on campus – Larkin and beyond

The University’s programme for Hull 2017 continues this summer, lots to do on campus – and it’s all open to the public.

27th July 2017

Our events include… 

  • The CAIRNS sculpture trail continues. It’s a stunning series of lifelike figures dotted around our campus – grab a map and tick them off as you go. (Until October) 
  • Larkin: New Eyes Each Year gives a fascinating new look at the life of poet Philip Larkin through his belongings. The exhibition is housed in the Brynmor Jones Library, where Larkin was Librarian for three decades. (Until October) 
  • To link with the Larkin exhibition and as part of our ‘Word is Hull’ celebration of literature, we are hosting Larkin Reflections which explores new poetry and the influence of writers such as Philip Larkin (18 August). 
  • Middleton Hall’s concert auditorium will host the International Cello Festival including performances by distinguished cellist Dr David Chew OBE (29-30 July) 
  • And the BP Cultural Visions series of inspiring lectures at the University’s Middleton Hall continues with Kevin O’Hare, Director of the Royal Ballet (16 August). 

Based in the vibrant Avenues area of Hull, the University’s leafy campus is home to fantastic arts venues like Middleton Hall – which houses top-quality concert and recording facilities, the stunning Brynmor Jones Library, and the recently renovated Canham Turner conference centre (formerly Staff House).  

So far in 2017, the University has engaged more than 50,000 people in its Hull UK City of Culture on-campus programme – many of whom have visited the University for the first time. 

Off campus, some of the events we are involved in are… 

On July 29, University of Hull staff are hosting the Hull Rises Workshop which marries literature and bread making in a hands-on session at Western Library.  

The University’s Thwaite Hall in Cottingham will host an open gardens event from 11 to 13 August  

And the University is sponsoring the Humber St Sesh on Hull’s waterfront on 4 August and the Freedom Festival in early September.  

For more details about all University of Hull events, including booking, please visit