On 1 April 1299 King Edward I, notorious as the conqueror of Wales and the Hammer of the Scots, issued a charter creating a new Borough at the confluence of the River Hull and the Humber estuary. The people living here gained a measure of the self-government, and a new name for their community:
|ville nostre de Kyngeston super Hull - "our town of |
Of course, there was a settlement here before the charter: Wyke upon
In 1299, perhaps as the port prospered, Wyke became a Borough, and its merchants could trade more freely throughout Edward’s expanding kingdom. So 1 April 1299 was a new start for
1 April 2015 is a new start, in a way, for Hull History Centre. From 1 April, Hull City Council’s culture and leisure facilities will be run by Hull Culture and Leisure Ltd. This is a wholly owned not-for-profit company, which has been set up to deliver and improve museums, theatres and halls, leisure centres, parks – and our own service.
However, just as the people of the newly-minted Borough of Kingston upon
wouldn’t have noticed any changes on 2 April 1299, so our users won’t notice
any changes to the way we operate on 2 April this year. Our partnership with
the University is unaffected; our opening hours remain the same; and our staff
will continue to be helpful, knowledgeable and welcoming.
And just as the period after 1299 saw the medieval borough with its new name provide the foundations for
to develop into ’s
second biggest port, so we hope that the new company will provide the framework
for us to continually improve our services here. England