Wednesday, 12 August 2015

'Celebration of Architecture' at the Hull History Centre!

Official launch of the exhibition with Jeff James (left), Alex Caruso and Malcolm McKie (centre), 
Yesterday saw the launch of the History Centre’s latest exhibition in an extravaganza of a day! Inspired by the cataloguing of the Records of Francis Johnson & Partners, Architects our summer exhibition celebrates all things architectural and buildings related. From the life and work of Francis Johnson and his practice, to the best of local architects’ work, to buildings research at the History Centre and Lego models of some of our regions finest houses, you can see it all.

We had a fantastic and informative talk by Dr David Neave on The Life and Work of Francis Johnson, Architect, the most recent of our Lunchtime Club lectures.

Dr David Neave talking about Francis Johnson
Following the talk, Jeff James (Chief Executive of the National Archives) said a few words about the cataloguing project that had inspired the event. The exhibition was then jointly launched by Alex Caruso as head of Humberside Society of Architects and Malcolm McKie representing Francis Johnson & Partners.

RIBA Yorkshire kindly provided us with catering for the event so we gladly refuelled and had a look at the exhibition panels. Later, a group of us were led on a walking tour around Georgian period Old Town by local tour guide Paul Schofield. The tour was based on a trail prepared as part of the cataloguing project which highlights some of Francis Johnson’s best known Hull commissions.

Free walking trail leaflet available at the History 

The exhibition is free and runs until 11th September and copies of the trail (also free) are available to pick up at the History Centre. Don’t miss out, it’s well worth a visit and you can see an architectural model of the History Centre in miniature! Hopefully there will be something to interest everyone so please do come along and take part – we would love to see you. 

Claire Weatherall
Project Archivist
Hannah and Claire through our great balloon arch

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