‘Hull on Film’

Hey guys!! Last night, my family and I went to the Vue cinema in Princes Quay to watch ‘Hull on Film’. ‘Hull on Film’ was put together by the Yorkshire Film Archive and was split off into 13 clips of film. Between each clip of film, Graham Relton from the Yorkshire Film Archive introduced each clip of the film seeking to set the context. The films started in the early 1900s and went right through to the 1980s and incorporated key aspects, buildings and people of Hull. In today’s blog post, I’m going to be describing ‘Hull on Film’ to you and giving you my honest opinion on it.

The first clip in the film showed Hull City Football Club having their very first football game as a club and it showed the two opposing rugby teams of Hull, Hull KR and Hull FC when they were just starting out too. The quality of the film was quite grainy and it was all in black and white however it was really interesting to see the different clothes they wore just over a hundred years ago and what the football grounds looked like.

The next part of the film showed an advertisement called ‘Scrap of Paper’. ‘Scrap of Paper’ was made in the period of WWI when 7000 Hull men died and 14000 were injured and it was made to try and raise money to help the disabled after the war. The film showed a soldier writing a letter home to his wife and kids before going over the top and when he did go out to battle after he’d finished writing his note, he was shot down immediately. The film then showed blackboards with writing on saying they were trying to raise as much money as possible for all those disabled in the war and that the people of Hull were encouraged to give as much as they could. The message in the film was really powerful and strong even though the film wasn’t in colour and it just goes to show that a film doesn’t have to be in colour and be in perfect focus to send a powerful message.

The next clip in the film showed what happened after the great flood of Hull and what the people of Hull did to pass their time. The great flood of Hull affected lots of Hulls citizens and you could see in the film that the Police Firemen were using massive pumps to try and pump out any bulidings which had bad flood damage and had lots of water inside them. The film also showed activities the citizens of Hull did in their spare time and these included football, cricket, cycling club and many more!!

The fourth clip of the film showed Amy Johnson landing in Hedon (which is near to Hull) and being met with a massive welcome. In case any of you dont know, Amy Johnson was a female pilot from Hull who was the first female to fly solo from Britain to Australia. In the clip, after Amy had landed, she was ushered up onto a platform where she was given flowers and she delivered a speech.

The next part in the film showed Hull Fair in its earlier days and the Silver Jubilee celebration for King George V. Hull Fair was very different then than it is now although they had some similar rides to what we have now. I found it really interesting to see how they would celebrate big events such as Jubilee celebrations back then and to see what differences there are between Hull Fair then and Hull Fair now!!

The next clip in the film showed the King George VI and the Queen visiting Hull since it was the most bombed City during WWII. It was a big thing for the Royal family to visit Hull and loads of people gathered to see them arrive and waved British flags at them. Winston Churchill also visited Hull as well in the clip and got a massive welcome too.  The last part of the clip showed the people of Hull celebrating VE day.

The seventh clip in the film showed people in the 1950s enjoying leisure time in Hull. There were lots of activities featured in the clip such as shopping, children playing on their local park, the splash boat ride at East Park  (which is still operational!!) and people going to the cinema. This was also the first clip of the film to be in colour and better focused!!

The next clip in the film showed the time that Davy Crockett (a famous American folk hero from the 19th century) came to Hull in order to give kids road safety advice. It was one of the films that the police made about road safety and although it delivered a strong message about being safe on the roads, it was also really funny to watch.

The next clip in the film was all about Hull’s fishing heritage! It showed people unloading the fish, cutting the fish and sending it off to the factories where it was made into things such as fish cutlets. At the end of the clip, it showed the empty docks after the fishing industry had declined and you could sense the sadness of one of the key industries of Hull now being gone.

The tenth clip in the film showed part of a TV documentary. People featured in the clip talked about what it was like in the Newland orphanage which was the Sailors’ Orphan homes and about what happened in the orphange at big events such as the weekend at Witsun and when the Queen visited. It was really interesting to hear about the orphanage of Hull since that’s not a topic I’ve come across before.

The next clip in the film was another part of a Yorkshire TV show and this clip showed everything that was a bit different about Hull such as the river at the heart of the city near the docks, the best kept toilets in Humberside and the white telephone boxes!! This part of the film was interesting but also slightly weird since some of the things it mentioned about Hull were a bit strange.

The 12th clip of the film was a documentary showing the building of one of Humberside’s most iconic landmarks: the Humber Bridge. The Humber Bridge was needed to get across the Humber Estuary to places such as Grimsby and Scunthorpe and it was amazing to see footage of it being built. Once it was ready to be opened, the Queen came across to Hull and did the honours herself of officially opening the Humber Bridge to the public!!

The last clip of the film was the challenge cup in 1980 between Hull KR and Hull FC at Wembley stadium which Hull KR won. The day of the match Hull City Centre was nearly empty and Hull City Football Club barely had any supporters at their match. After the match was finished, all the players got to go up to the Queen and shake her hand!! This last clip caused some controversy for people in the audience since there were some Hull KR fans and some Hull FC supporters but it was definitely an interesting clip to end on!!

I would rate this event 10 out of 10 stars since I can’t find any fault with it!! It was really fun to look back on the last 100 years in Hull captured on film and I would definitely like to see ‘Hull on Film’ again when it comes back to Hull later this year. The highlight of the film for me was a part of the last clip when someone asked the little boy who’d gone on with Hull FC at the beginning of the match “Did you meet the Queen Mother?” The little boy replied “Yes” and the person said “What did she say to you?” And the little boy said “Nowt!!” (which is a colloquial way of saying ‘nothing’)

Thank you for reading this blog post!! If you get the chance to, I would definitely reccomend booking tickets to go see ‘Hull on Film’ when it returns to Hull later this year as it really interesting to see Hull change and develop through the film!! Also, if you support one of the Hull rugby teams, comment which one you support: Hull KR or Hull FC. There will be a new blog post up next week but until then bye for now!!

Amelia Grace a.k.a Amelia in Hull


  1. Great Blog Amelia! This is when “history” comes alive for me – visiting a past that you cannot believe ever existed! Must try and catch the film on its next visit to Hull!

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  2. Hi Amelia – thanks so much for your great, detailed review of Hull on Film. We’re really glad that you enjoyed it! We’d like to offer you and your family free tickets to our next screening (we’re looking at potential dates at the moment) so just drop me an email to r.patman@yorksj.ac.uk and I’ll make sure you’re on our guest list. All the best, Ruth (Yorkshire Film Archive)

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  3. I too really enjoyed watching the film Hull on Film. I was at Wembly supporting Hull FC when our two rugby teams met there. It was interesting to see the empty streets which I didn’t see as I was at Wembley. Sadly we lost.

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