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Carnegie Heritage Centre

A Community Resource for Local and Family History

The Carnegie Heritage Centre is a resource that can be accessed by people with an interest in both Local and Family history.
Our aims are to protect and preserve the Carnegie building and to offer research and learning facilities to the general public.
The centre has an amazing wealth of data about Hull's history and people's memories of it.

Everyone is welcome to call in and see our resources.

Opening Times

Tuesday & Friday 9.30 until 3 pm—Open House – pop in and see us with your queries or research.
Monday mornings during term time we hold 5 week Family History courses, for beginners and intermediate.

We hold talks on local history topics on the first Sunday of the month at 1.30pm, the second Wednesday of the month at 10am and the fourth Tuesday of the month at 7.30pm.
Topics can be found under 'What's On?' at the top of the page.


Carnegie News

Free Postage on Hull History Books till Christmas.

Yes we are offering free postage to all UK on-line sales of Hull History Books, Booklets, and Videos until Christmas 2019. This offer is limited to 2nd class postage only with 1st class post at normal rates if you want it.

Tuesday Talk - Don Patricio & the Spanish Civil War. - with Rob Bell of the History Troupe. Tuesday 22nd October at 7.30pm - Entrance £2.50. From Belfast Celtic to FC Barcelona - Patrick O'Connell - A Man of his Times.

Annual General Meeting - Saturday 30th November 2019. Meeting commences at 11.00 am. Doors open at 10.00 am..

Publications for Sale

We aim to promote interest in and celebration of the rich History and Heritage of the city of Kingston upon Hull by selling publications about the city. We offer for sale a variety of books, booklets, maps, CDs and DVDs on our on-line shop and the Carnegie Heritage Centre during the times we are open. Clicking on the 'shop icon' above will give you an idea of the kinds of items we have in stock. Please note we are offering FREE DELIVERY on all on-line UK orders until Christmas 2019.

We also have a limited and often changing variety of quality used books at the centre. Often, some of these are hard to find book titles. You are welcome to call in to the centre on Tuesdays and Fridays and browse around them during the times we are open.

Educational Resources for Local and Family History

As a resource for both Local and Family History we have thousands of digitised old photographs of Hull and surrounding areas, over 350 box files of information about people, buildings, streets etc. of Hull, a nearly full set of Hull Daily Mail flashbacks which have been catalogued for easy access. We have two map cabinets with old maps of Hull and district along with an extensive range of local history books and free on-line access to Ancestry Library.Com.

A group of our volunteers have researched and put together books on the WW1 & WW2 casualities from this area which are accessible to read when you visit the centre. A couple of the volunteers have visited France & Belgium over 6 years and taken photos of the grave stones of all East Yorkshire casualties from this area so if you have a relative buried over there we will have a photo of their grave stone..

Protecting the Carnegie Heritage Centre

We aim to protect and preserve the former Carnegie library as a building of architectural and historical significance, and use it to provide a resource for the provision of education in local and family history. The building was designed by local man Joseph Hirst and built in 1905 with funds provided by the great philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. It is designed in the style of the Arts and Crafts movement and is a Grade II listed building. The building was opened in 1905 by Sir James Reckitt who was chairman of the Libraries Committee of Hull City Council. The building ceased being a library in 2001 and the Carnegie Heritage Action Team was formed in 2006 with the aim of rescuing the building from further decline. We opened in January 2008 as Carnegie Heritage Centre.

As well as providing a home for the activities of the Carnegie Heritage Centre, we hold resources for the East Yorkshire Family History Society and the Old Kingstonians Association. We host meetings of both Hull and District Philatelic Society and the North Eastern Railway Association. We also accommodate The Bindery, a local book binding service run by David Robinson and Steve Ingram.

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

Telephone: 01482 561216Contact us here