Hull: Culture, History, Place
By D. J. Starkey, D. Atkinson, B. McDonagh, S. McKeon and E. Salter (eds)
(Liverpool University Press, 2017)
110,000 word edited collection
Paperback £14.95; Hardback £35
From its earliest origins to the twenty-first century, Hull is a city that has been continually
shaped by flows of people, commodities, ideas and trade. The result is a distinctive city with a
longstanding, varied, proud and often remarkable history. Hull: Culture, History, Place is a
celebration of this unique city’s past and present. Telling the story of Hull from the earliest
settlement on the muddy banks of the river, through civil war rebellion, maritime success and
the trauma of the Second World War to post-war resilience and recovery, this book shows how
and why Hull has been a place of significance and success over many centuries. The eleven
chapters, twenty-five enlightening vignettes and many illustrations bring the city’s history to
light and life, exploring the people, places, trade, industry, ideas, creativity and vision that have
formed the lived experience of this city for over eight hundred years.
'It is a genuine collaborative effort that has been beautifully put together to give a real feel for
the culture and history of a very distinctive place. The book is enhanced still further by the
efforts of the publisher, since high-quality paper enhances the scores of full-colour illustrations.
It is a book largely written by academics from the University of Hull but the text is extremely
readable and will do much to enhance the pride of citizens in their history while educating
visitors about the unique character of the city.'
Terry R. Slater, Journal of Historical Geography
'This is a genuine collaborative effort that has been beautifully put together to give a real feel
for the culture and history of a very distinctive place. The book is enhanced still further by the
efforts of the publisher, since high-quality paper enhances the scores of full-colour
Journal of Historical Geography
'as much an exemplary work of ‘public history’ as an academic synthesis.'
The Economic History Review
'This book is highly recommended as a demonstration in how to write and produce an
enthralling local history of a major east coast port.'
North East History
'Hull: Culture, History, Place presents a fascinating insight into the distinctiveness of this
important maritime city fromits prehistoric origins up to the twenty-first century. ... this
collection of essays offers the reader an absorbing snapshot of the city’s rich heritage.
Moreover, the many interesting vignettes – 25 in total – located within each chapter add further
illuminating detail. Scholars from a wide range of disciplines, including cultural geography,
history, and literary studies, deploy a diverse array of source materials, including diaries, letters,
inventories, wills and testaments, and oral testimonies, to demonstrate how important the city
of Hull was not just to British, but global history.'
Robert James, The International Journal of Maritime History
About the Authors
David J Starkey is Professor of Maritime History and Director of the Maritime Historical
Studies Centre at the University of Hull.
David Atkinson is Professor of Cultural and Historical Geography at the University of Hull.
Briony McDonagh is Lecturer in Human Geography at the University of Hull.
Sarah McKeon is Research Assistant at the University of Hull.
Elisabeth Salter is Professor of Medieval Studies and Cultural Creativity at the University of