Library and Learning Innovation

Hull History Centre/Archives

Photograph of Hull History Centre

Archives and manuscripts have been collected by the University since its establishment as Hull University College in 1928. There are now in excess of one million documents, ranging in date from the 11th century to the present day. 

The University of Hull Archives are held off campus at the Hull History Centre. Opened in 2010, this purpose-built facility also houses the City Archives and Local Studies Library. The Centre is open to staff, students and the public alike. Although it is not necessary to make an appointment, please see our tips on planning your visit.


The University Archives are particularly strong in areas relating to:

  • landed family and estate archives
  • modern English literary manuscripts
  • political and pressure group archives
  • business records
  • maritime records
  • records of Hull University College and the University of Hull
  • papers of individuals employed by or associated with the University

The Hull History Centre website includes details about the collections and its online catalogue.

The archives LibGuide pages  includes subject-specific information and module guides for current university students.


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