The Grade-II listed ABP Pump House Gallery at Alexandra Dock, East Hull, will play host to the exciting display which aims to enlighten people about the story behind the roots of the Port of Hull, showcasing over 250 photographs and an array of theatrical performances will celebrate Hull’s rich maritime heritage.


Chris Green, port manager for Hull and GOOLE, said: “We’re proud to bring to the community this highly anticipated project in this special building as it preserves Hull’s port history for many years to come.

“Thanks to the pivotal support of The History Troupe we have ensured many stories that were almost lost will be brought back to life through imagery and theatrical performances.

“We hope it will appeal to people of all ages with amazing imagery, workshops and plays, and it will bring back fond memories to those who previously worked at the port throughout its recent history.”



In 2017, ABP found thousands of old photographs of life on the docks from the 1930s down to now, in storage. The History Troupe were then tasked to show these photographs to the world.

The History Troupe is a performing arts group devising content based on local hidden histories with a universal appeal; a street that is in so many towns, characters that many lives will recognise and ports that engage with their communities trading cargoes, passengers, ideas and memories.


Rob Bell, founder of The History Troupe, said: “Our History Troupe team have worked tirelessly by delving into ABP’s archives and picking out the most fascinating and revealing stories about Hull.

“The four rooms will take you on a graphic journey from the late 18th century all the way to the future in 2050.

“There will also be striking sculptures on show by locally born Hull artist Huw Morris Jones.

“To top it off there is an exciting programme of talks, creative writing, spoken word and song.

“The play ‘The Box’ is all about Hull docks, Boolin Prams and Hessle Road in the 1970s.


The ABP Pump House on Alexandra Dock in Hull will host a 6-week celebration of Hull’s port roots, heritage and futures. Hull-based performing arts The History Troupe have devised, developed and delivered this unique story.


The Gallery will house hundreds of photographs from the ABP Digital archive; the Dockside stage made of pallets will carry cargoes of stories and song and everyone is welcome on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 3rd November to 10th December. The History Troupe players will be joined by The Hillbilly Troupe; Beggars Bridge; Emily Thomson; Lyn Acton and a Car Load of Poets on stage; Ian Winter and Holly Walton will lead a Creative Workshop; David and Polly Pattison will host the matinees and many more.


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The free gallery and ticketed shows will run from Friday, November 3 to Sunday, December 10.

The gallery will be open from 11AM to 5PM on Fridays and Saturdays and 12PM to 4PM on Sundays.


How to get there? By day – take the EYMS vintage double-decker the 15 minutes mystery tour to the Pump House from Kardomah94 by Guildhall, Matinee performance £5; by night catch the bus at 7 PM from Thieving Harrys on Humber Street and come along to see the show at 8 PM. The bus ride is free.

On Sunday, access is only available via a pedestrian walkway on Hedon Road opposite HMP Hull.