Carnegie Heritage Centre


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Hull Firsts Trail – explore the city and its history through some of these “firsts”. Learn about Hull’s pioneer aviator, see where the English Civil War started, find out which Hull pop star earned the first ever gold disc, and lots more!
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On-line Shop

We sell books, booklets, and DVDs on Kingston upon Hull and its history and heritage. All are brand new and ready for shipping anywhere in the world. We still have Saturday Afternoon at the Record Shop, Hull General Cemetery, 1847-1972, Hull Then & Now 4,  Hull City - The Boothferry Park years, Hull City in the 1920s, An Historical Map of Kingston upon Hull, Hull Pubs & Breweries by Paul Gibson, Roamin the Range Together Books 1 & 2, The Story of Hull, A Century of Hull, and many more. Please visit our shop by clicking on the link below or 'Shop' on the bar at the top of this page for Books, Booklets, DVDs, CDs  on the City of Kingston upon Hull and its heritage.

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Talks & Exhibitions


We have photographs from past exhibitions on this web site so if there is anything you have missed please call in to the centre to see what we have from these exhibition. As an example we have many photographs from our Band of Hope exhibition so if you like looking at old photographs or you think you may find a relative please come in to the centre and ask to look at our collection.  Photos are for sale @ 50p for the postcard size.


A wide ranging scope of topics are covered in our talks schedule, there really is something for everyone here. Given by regular attendees at the Centre who have painstakingly researched their chosen subject as well as some local historians, they are informative and usually highly entertaining as well.

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Why Carnegie?

The Carnegie Heritage Centre is a resource that can be accessed by people with an interest in both Local and Family history. The centre has an amazing wealth of data about Hull's history and people's memories of it.

The enthusiastic volunteers spend hours cataloguing old and new data and are always on hand to help visitors with their queries. 

People are welcome to come in and look at the books, maps, box files etc. whether it be for individual study, family history research or just curiosity.

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What do we do?

As well as protecting and preserving the former library as a building of architectural and historical significance, we provide a resource that can be put to good use by virtue of this preservation.

As well as providing a home for the activities of the Heritage Centre, and being run entirely by volunteers, we also house a book binding business and a base of operations for several societies and regular functions.

Family & Local History

The Centre run a course in Family History on a Monday morning which lasts five weeks during term time, with a two hour session per week. We hold a comprehensive range of resources useful to anyone wanting to learn more about local history, from books and maps to street directories and postcards – and more besides.

The Local History course which was run on Wednesday mornings has had to close due to Malcolm Scott retireing. We are hoping to run a monthly talk on the second Wednesday of each month to see how that goes. The first talk will be a film show of old films showing the development of Hull after WW2 on 14th September, 10am to 12 noon.  For more information please contact Liz Shepherd at the centre.

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Our new publication 'Saturday Afternoon at the Record Shop' is available from the Carnegie Heritage Centre and from our online shop. At £7.00 it is an ideal gift.

This latest publication from the Carngie Heritage Centre takes a look back at the city's past record shops and the department stores which also housed a record department. It takes in to account the current shops that sell new and old vinyl, compact disks and DVD's. Inside the book gives a brief history of the vinyl record and its rivals, the audio cassette and the compact disc.

There is a numbered index divided into areas of the city with maps to show where the shops   existed  and in some cases, still do. It covers the Hull Music Archive and part of the local music scene with contributions from Nick Boldock and Tim Joseph.

A colourful book, there are photographs of the current shops along with some of the ones we remember, record sleeves and wrappers, record players and other memorabilia.

An interesting read with plenty of information that any vinyl record lover should own.

Carnegie Heritage Centre Ltd, 342 Anlaby Road, Hull HU3 6JA – Registered Office.   Registered Charity Number 1131585

Monday 1.30 until 3 pm Family history help desk with the East Yorkshire Family History Society
Tuesday 9.30 until 3 pm Open House - pop in and see us with your queries or research
Friday 9.30 until 3 pm Open House again
Telephone: 01482 561216 e-mail: