A wise choice of venue
Oriel Chambers is a renovated historic house conveniently
located in Hull’s Museums Quarter and home to the Wilberforce
Institute for the study of Slavery and Emancipation, part of the
University of Hull. It has excellent modern facilities, designed
and furnished to a high specification to suit a wide range of
users. The venue is ideal for conferences, meetings, seminars, and
all manner of functions.
As a venue, the
institute is ideal for conferences, meetings, seminars, and all
manner of functions. There are facilities for up to 72
delegates in the main lecture theatre.
There is also a separate reception desk for registration, and
additional space for plenary and parallel workshops. IT facilities
include audio-visual equipment, PowerPoint, overhead projector and
full wifi internet access.
The Institute is a 10 minute walk from the central railway
station and neighbours Wilberforce House (birthplace of William
Wilberforce), Mandela Gardens, and the Hull and East Riding
Streetlife Museum. Within walking distance are the Deep, Ferens Art
Gallery, Hull Maritime Museum, Hull History Centre and many other
Built in 1879 to the designs of William
Botterill & Son. It is a brick building with tile and
terracotta detail, with dormers and shaped gables. It takes its
name from the oriel window on the first floor, the window that
stands proud of the façade.
William Botterill (1820-1903) was the
leading architect of mid-Victorian Hull. He was an active Wesleyan
and acted as the architect of numerous chapels in Hull, the East
Riding and in Lincolnshire. He also designed many houses, banks,
offices and industrial buildings in Hull and was responsible for
laying out the Newland Park Estate in 1877. His son William Henry
Botterill (1851-79) was a partner with his father until his early
death. Botterill took his former pupil John Bilson (1856-1943), the
architectural historian and architect of Hymers College, as his
partner in 1881.
The Craven family in early censuses
had been housekeepers. By the 1901 Census the building was
uninhabited and merely defined as offices. Trade
directories state Corn and timber merchants, marine
surveyors, ship owners and wharfingers as trading from the
Oriel Chambers provides facilities for up to 72 delegates
in the main lecture theatre. There is a separate
reception desk for registration, and space for plenary and parallel
workshops. The room capacities given are the maximum for theatre
style seated functions but all room layouts can be adjusted to suit
individual requirements. IT facilities include audio-visual
equipment, PowerPoint, overhead projector and full
wifi internet access.
Rooms are available for booking throughout the year, including
term time. For additional information, including hire charges,
please contact firstname.lastname@example.org , or
call +44 (0) 1482 305176.
WISE is home to a growing
library and archive of books and materials relating to slavery past
and present, which are open to staff, students and members of the
general public (by prior
We welcome sponsorship for purchasing new
acquisitions to the library and archive.
Please ask for further details.
Oriel Chambers public entrance is found via Mandela Gardens and
has full disabled access.
Parking on Lowgate (short stay) and Clarence Street across
Drypool Bridge (long stay) are only a few minutes from the
Institute. Disabled parking can be arranged with Oriel Chambers,
please contact WISE prior to arrival.
Direct connections to Hull Paragon Interchange depart from
Manchester, Leeds, York, and London stations on a regular basis.
Taxis are available on the station forecourt.
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call 01482 305176.
Rooms are available for booking
throughout the year, including term time. For additional
information, including hire charges, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org , or
call +44 (0) 1482 305176 to discuss your requirements.