Memory Bank: Hull

Yorkshire Film Archive and Hull-based heritage, education and performing arts group, The History Troupe, are delighted to announce the launch of Memory Bank: Hull – a new reminiscence resource based on Hull’s film heritage collections, revealed once more for everyone to see and enjoy.

Memory Bank: Hull is one of a series of ‘local’ limited edition packs in the award-winning Memory Bank series, produced by the Yorkshire Film Archive in conjunction with healthcare professionals, carers and families, to provide a complete resource for reminiscence and life story work.  The packs are all about using archive footage of familiar faces, places, events and everyday lives to re-discover and connect with our collective shared memories.  

For people of Hull that means films of the docks and the fishing industry, summer days spent in East Park getting drenched on the splash boat, reliving the drama of the 1980 Rugby Challenge Cup Final between Hull FC and Hull KR, and – of course – a visit to the famous Hull Fair.  All this and more features in the Memory Bank: Hull pack.

Thanks to the foresight of The History Troupe, working in partnership with Hull Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), St Mary’s College Medical Academy and a range of other local agencies and schools, Memory Bank: Hull will now be available across the city, and The History Troupe, in addition to the above, are already planning new innovations using the pack for intergenerational work with schools and young people.    

Timed to align with Dementia Action Week, Memory Bank: Hull was launched at St Mary’s College, Hull, on Thursday 24th May, by BBC Health Editor, Hugh Pym, and featured in a report on that evening’s BBC News at Ten.

Sue Howard, Director of the Yorkshire Film Archive says:  ‘Here at the Archive we have a wealth of footage that shows what life was like across every decade of the twentieth century.  Our job is to ensure these films are preserved, but that is only half the story – the most important part of our work is to ensure that our collections can be seen and enjoyed by everyone, and developing Memory Bank: Hull has been hugely rewarding.  These films connect a whole generation of people with their past, and give the opportunities to prompt and share memories of a time gone by.  What has been fantastic about working with The History Troupe and Hull CCG is that they have the networks and connections to reach out to people that simply wouldn’t have the opportunity to see these films otherwise.  It is a great example of how working in partnership brings out the best for everyone.’

For information about obtaining a Memory Bank: Hull pack, please contact Daniel Morgan at The History Troupe: daniel@thehistorytroupe.org