Many of the suburban areas on the western side of Hull were built in the 1930s, particularly Willerby Road and Anlaby Park, as well as most of Willerby itself. This was part of the biggest British housing boom of the 20th century (possibly ever).

The electrical retailer Comet Group was founded in the city as Comet Battery Stores Limited in 1933; the company's first superstore was opened in Hull in 1968.[86] Other retailers such as Heron Foods, and Jacksons also began their operations in Hull.

In April 2013 Hull put forward a bid to be the UK City of Culture in 2017,[114] reaching the shortlist of four in June 2013 along with Dundee, Leicester and Swansea Bay.[115] On 20 November 2013, Maria Miller, the Culture Secretary, announced that Hull had won the award to become the UK City of Culture 2017.[116]

Many areas of Hull were flooded during the June 2007 United Kingdom floods,[52] with 8600 homes and 1300 businesses affected.[53]

In the 1990s, the duo Scarlet from Hull had two Top 40 hits with "Independent Love Song" and "I Wanna Be Free (To Be With Him)" in 1995.[175]

Located on the banks of the rivers Hull and Humber, the spirit of Hull's maritime heritage is everywhere.

Emergency services have been called to a house off Beverley Road in Hull.

William Wilberforce is the most celebrated of Hull's former MPs. He was a native of the city and the member for Hull from 1780 to 1784 when he was elected as an Independent member for Yorkshire.[43][44]

Whaling played a major role in the town's fortunes until the mid-19th century.[6] Hull's prosperity peaked in the decades just before the First World War; it was during this time, in 1897, that city status was granted.[5] After the decline of the whaling industry, emphasis shifted to deep-sea trawling until the Anglo-Icelandic Cod War of 1975–1976. The conditions set at the end of this dispute initiated Hull's economic decline.[6]

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In 2015 it was announced that the Ferens Art Gallery will be hosting the prestigious annual art prize, The Turner Prize, in 2017. The prize is held outside London every other year.[9]

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The Hull York Medical School (HYMS) is a joint venture between the University of Hull and the University of York. It first admitted students in 2003 as a part of the British government's attempts to train more doctors.[255]

Once again, the University of Hull staged a range of fun demonstrations designed to bring science to life for festival goers.

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Up and coming city Whether you're after exciting history, eclectic shopping or entertaining nightlife, Hull has everything you're looking for. This up and coming waterfront city has reinvented its...

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A visit to Hull and East Yorkshire is the start of a great journey. Whether walking and cycling on the Yorkshire Wolds or enjoying a city break in Hull you will have a fantastic visit.

In the 2000s, Hull indie rock band The Paddingtons saw mainstream success with two UK Top 40 singles in 2005,[174] later reforming in 2014 and performing at the Humber Street Sesh with notable bands such as Sulu Babylon and Street Parade.

Hull and East Yorkshire is full of history and heritage waiting to be discovered, from the impressive heights of Beverley Minster to Hull's Old Town.

The Northern Academy of Performing Arts and Northern Theatre School[260] both provide education in musical theatre, performance and dance.

Cycling wise the city is home to Hull Cycle Speedway Club situated at the Hessle raceway near the Humber bridge. The side race in the sports Northern league and won both the league titles in 2008. Other cycling clubs also operate throughout the city including Hull Thursday, the areas road racing group.

Hull is close to the Humber Bridge, which provides road links to destinations south of the Humber. It was built between 1972 and 1981, and at the time was the longest single-span suspension bridge in the world. It is now seventh on the list.

The New Adelphi is a popular local venue for alternative live music in the city, and has achieved notability outside Hull, having hosted such bands as the Stone Roses, Radiohead, Green Day, and Oasis in its history,[172] while the Springhead caters to a variety of bands and has been recognised nationally as a 'Live Music Pub of the Year'.[173]

Into The Deep Maritime city - check. Kids - check. Strange sea monsters - check. The Deep is always a winner of a family day out and its award-winning submarium is home to over 3,500 fish. So di...

The pioneering industrial band Throbbing Gristle formed in Hull; Genesis P-Orridge (Neil Megson) attended Hull University between 1968 and 1969, where he met Cosey Fanni Tutti (Christine Newby), who was born in the city, and first became part of the Hull performance art group COUM Transmissions in 1970.[168][169][170]

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Following the Local Government Act 1888, Hull became a county borough, a local government district independent of the East Riding of Yorkshire. This district was dissolved under the Local Government Act 1972, on 1 April 1974 when it became a non-metropolitan district of the newly created shire county of Humberside. Humberside (and its county council) was abolished on 1 April 1996 and Hull was made a unitary authority area.[25]

The Humber Mouth literature festival is an annual event and the 2012 season featured artists such as John Cooper Clarke, Kevin MacNeil and Miriam Margolyes.[177] The annual Hull Jazz Festival takes place around the Marina area for a week at the beginning of August.[178]


It was one of the hottest September days in recent memory.

Several large-scale developments also planned, including a £100 million residential development on east bank of the River Hull, called the Boom, which would include over 600 luxury riverside apartments, shops, boutiques, bistro cafés, a 120-bed luxury hotel, and health and education facilities.[92] Also planned and not built was the Quay West extension to the Princes Quay shopping centre, that was cancelled in 2010.[93][94]

Exciting, eclectic and entertaining. Over the last few years, Hull has transformed itself into a real gem in Yorkshire's crown offering the perfect mix of museums, shopping and nightlife. This up-and-coming city is the ideal location for a city break to remember.

Entertainers from the city include; Dorothy Mackaill, 1950's singer David Whitfield, sports commentator Tony Green, actors Sir Tom Courtenay, Ian Carmichael, John Alderton and more recently Reece Shearsmith.[282] and actress Maureen Lipman.[283] Playwrights Richard Bean, John Godber and Alan Plater have close connections with Hull.[134][284][285]

The Hull area has available a wide range of both spectator and participatory sporting clubs and organisations. There are various sports such as professional football, rugby league, golf, darts, athletics and watersports.[199]

Early October sees the arrival of Hull Fair which is one of Europe's largest travelling funfairs and takes place on land adjacent to the KCOM Stadium.[181]

Before the bridge was built, those wishing to cross the Humber had to either take a Humber Ferry or travel inland as far as Goole.[223]

Shopping in Hull is an eclectic experience in every sense.

There are several seamen's missions and churches in Hull. The Mission to Seafarers has a centre at West King George Dock[59] and the St Nikolaj Danish Seamen's Church is located in Osborne Street.[60]

Hull was an early theatre of battle in the English Civil Wars.[6] Its 18th-century Member of Parliament, William Wilberforce, played a key role in the abolition of the slave trade in Britain.[7]

People from Hull are called "Hullensians"[280] and the city has been the birthplace and home to many notable people. Amongst those of historic significance with a connection to Hull are former city MP William Wilberforce who was instrumental in the abolition of slavery[43] and Amy Johnson, aviator who was the first woman to fly solo from England to Australia.[281]