The National Fairground Archive (NFA) at the University of Sheffield is creating an oral history of Hull Fair. Local people are invited to come forward with their memories at reminiscence workshops that start in December 2003. The 18-month project is led by the NFA's director, Dr Vanessa Toulmin in partnership with Hull City Council, and is funded by a Heritage Lottery Fund grant worth £50,000.
It will start with a series of local workshops, to which people are invited to bring along their Hull Fair memories, pictures and memorabilia.
Thursday 18th March at Avenues Library (Tel: 01482 331280)
Monday 5th April at the KC Stadium (in the Learning Zone) (For further information please contact Hull College Tel: - 329943)
Tuesday 27th April at the Central Library (Learning Centre, 2nd floor) (Tel: 01482 210000)
Monday 10th May at Gipsyville Library (Tel: 01482 616973.)
Monday 24th May at Fred Moore Library (Tel: 01482 331239.)
For information about the opening times of these libraries follow this link:
Then the NFA will digitise the results and display them on a website. Finally, a DVD will be produced, and copies will be available in Hull's Local Studies Library and all 13 Hull branch libraries.
The oral history is being produced by the NFA and Hull City Council with the support of Hull Local Studies Library and the Showman's Guild of Great Britain, Yorkshire Section.
As well a collecting oral testimonies the project will encourage people to come forward with other material such as photographs, paintings, sketches, tram tickets, tokens, programmes, posters and other objects which relate to their experience of Hull Fair. With the permission of the owner these objects will be recorded digitally and the resulting images displayed on the website. Archival material from Hull Local Studies Library will also be digitised.