Well after a year and a half of toiling away in the cataloguing room the FJ archive is finally listed, neatly packaged and ready to be used! Blood (paper cuts), sweat (broken air-con) and tears (when I first saw how much there was) were spent but I’ve come out alive and (almost) sane!
From the 11th
August you will be able to search the catalogue online
where you will also find a PDF version of the paper catalogue which is available
for consultation here at the History Centre. Don’t forget to have a look at our source guide which will help you get to know the archive and how it is organised – it also gives you handy tips for finding related archives in our collections.
To celebrate this
momentous occasion we have organised a number of events under the banner of the History Centre’s ‘Celebration of Architecture’. On the 1st
August fun can be had at our ‘History Makers’ family event ‘A very big house in
the country’. We will be learning about grand country houses and estates with
the help of items from the archives. We will be recreating some of the region’s
best examples using FJ’s drawings and lots of Lego!
For the adults
amongst us, the big date for your diary is the 11th August. Events
begin at 12.30 with a talk by noted local architectural historian David Neave who
will be telling us about FJ’s life and work during his ‘Lunch Time Club’ talk.
representative from Francis Johnson & Partners will then say a few words to
launch an architecture exhibition which will run from the 11th
August to the 12th September. The exhibition has been jointly
prepared by Hull History Centre and Humberside Society of Architects. It will
feature highlights from the Francis Johnson & Partners, Architects
collection, the best of Hull’s architecture as chosen by local architects, and
a guide to undertaking buildings research at the History Centre.
If you fancy getting
to know the ‘Old Town’ better why not be guided through the architecture by FJ
himself (sort of…)? You might remember that I was taking pictures and doing
research for a walking trail earlier in the year. Well from the 11th
August you can pick up a free trail leaflet from the History Centre Welcome
Desk or download it as a PDF for free from our website.
Hopefully there will
be something to interest everyone so please do come along and take part – we
would love to see you.
Claire WeatherallProject Archivist