Hull City Hall

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Hull City Hall
Hull City Hall.jpg
Hull City Hall
LocationKingston upon Hull
Coordinates53°44′38″N 0°20′25″W / 53.743750°N 0.340146°W / 53.743750; -0.340146Coordinates: 53°44′38″N 0°20′25″W / 53.743750°N 0.340146°W / 53.743750; -0.340146
OS grid referenceTA 0954 2876
ArchitectJoseph Hirst
Architectural style(s)Baroque Revival style
Listed Building – Grade II*
Designated12 November 1973
Reference no.1197685
Hull City Hall is located in East Riding of Yorkshire
Hull City Hall
Shown in East Riding of Yorkshire

Hull City Hall is a civic building located in Kingston upon Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire, England. Located in Queen Victoria Square in the city centre, it is a Grade II* listed building.[1]


The hall, which was designed by Hull's City architect Joseph Hirst in the Baroque Revival style, was built between 1903 and 1909.[1] It was not intended to perform an administrative function for Hull's council, as these functions have historically been carried out in the Guildhall.[2] An organ, which was built by the local firm of Forster and Andrews,[3] was installed in time for an opening concert by the composer Edwin Lemare on 30 March 1911.[4]

An art gallery was also installed in the building but this was removed to form the Ferens Art Gallery in Queen Victoria Square in 1927.[2] The space created by the removal of the art gallery was instead used to accommodate an archaeological collection amassed by John Robert Mortimer known as the Mortimer Collection and the area re-opened as the Mortimer Museum in 1931.[2]

The hall was damaged in bombing in May 1941 during the Hull Blitz[5] of the Second World War and the organ was badly damaged.[2] King George VI and Queen Elizabeth visited the city to see the damage and attended a concert in the hall in August 1941.[6]

The building was restored and the organ comprehensively restored in 1951 following the war damage.[1] The Mortimer Collection was transferred to the Transport and Archaeology Museum on High Street in 1956.[7] The hall hosted a performance by the rock band Siouxsie and the Banshees in October 1979,[8] by the rock band The Damned in December 1979[9] and by the rock band Slade in December 1981.[10]

City Hall was altered in 1986 and again in 1989.[1]


City Hall is home to a grand central hall which plays host to a varied programme of concerts including pop, rock and classical music as well as civic functions such as graduation ceremonies for the University of Hull.[11] The city's main tourist Information office and shop is based on the building's ground floor.[12] The main hall has a floor, balcony and gallery with total capacity for 1,200 people seated, or up to 1,800 with a mixture of standing on the main floor and seated on the balcony and gallery.[13]

In February 2021 it was announced that the building would be used as a mass vaccination centre for COVID-19 for the city and the East Riding of Yorkshire.[14]


  1. ^ a b c d Historic England. "City Hall (1197685)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 14 August 2013.
  2. ^ a b c d Allison, K J (1969). "'Civic institutions', in A History of the County of York East Riding: Volume 1, the City of Kingston Upon Hull". London: British History Online. pp. 433–443. Retrieved 26 August 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "Hull City Hall – Home of the 1911 Forster & Andrews Organ". Viscount Organs. Retrieved 29 July 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ "Records of Forster and Andrews, organ builders" (PDF). Hull History Centre. p. 9. Retrieved 29 July 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ "The air raids on Hull on the nights of 7/8 May and 8/9 May 1941". North East Diary. Retrieved 29 July 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ "Hull concert hall organ celebrates centenary". BBC. 2 June 2011. Retrieved 29 July 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ History of Hull Museums (part 2), Hull City Council, Mortimer Collection of Prehistoric Antiquities (1929)
  8. ^ "Join HandsTour". The Banshees and other creatures. Retrieved 29 July 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  9. ^ "The Damned, Hull City Hall". 45 Worlds. Retrieved 29 July 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  10. ^ "Galleries". Dave Kemp and Slade. Retrieved 29 July 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  11. ^ "Hull City Hall". Hull City Council website. Hull City Council. Retrieved 12 February 2010. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  12. ^ "Hull City Hall profile and discography". Discogs. Retrieved 2 July 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  13. ^ "Hull City Hall - Technical Specification" (PDF). Retrieved 17 April 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  14. ^ "Covid: Hull City Hall to become mass vaccine centre". BBC News. 6 February 2021. Retrieved 6 February 2021. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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