About the Project

The Hull Fair project aimed to involve residents of Hull and the community of travelling showmen in building a community history web site which explored the recent history of Hull Fair from a personal perspective. It also aimed to conserve and enhance Hull’s diverse culture and encourage the local community to identify, look after and celebrate its unique heritage.

The project collected preserved, digitised and made widely available material relating to the heritage and history of Hull Fair through a format which was both user friendly and encouraged greater access of the fairground and Humberside communities to their heritage and history.

The main elements of the project were:
1. Oral reminiscence
2. Collecting of original archival material, digitisation of photographic and archival material
3. Creation of an online resource for the duration of the project
4. The formation of an archive in DVD form and hard copy to increase access to the culture and heritage of Kingston upon Hull

The project was completed in October 2005 with a resulting DVD available through Hull Libraries, and a dedicated website.

The 18-month project was led by the NFA's director, Dr Vanessa Toulmin in partnership with Hull City Council, and was funded by a Heritage Lottery Fund grant.

History of Hull Fair