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Last Updated: Monday, 30 July 2007, 06:33 GMT 07:33 UK
Port to get 7.7m archive centre
William Wilberforce
William Wilberforce's letters and speeches are in the archives
Ambitious plans to preserve the rich history of Hull have been given a boost with the award of a multi-million pound grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Documents including letters and speeches made by the anti-slavery campaigner William Wilberforce will be preserved in the 7.7m archive centre.

The one-stop history shop will be built with the vital city archives on the first floor, above flood levels.

The Heritage grant is the largest made to the city. Work will start shortly.

Councillor Kalvin Neal, responsible for quality of life and culture on the city council, said: "Once the History Centre is complete, it will bring all of the city's local history archival resources under one roof.

'Critical'

"The people of the city will be able to use it as a kind of 'one-stop history shop' to get answers to all their historical and genealogical questions.

"During the recent flooding crisis, attention has rightly focused on the human cost of the disaster.

"However, it underlined the critical importance of making provision for the city's heritage, similarly at risk from flood damage."

The port's archives, currently stored on Lowgate, local studies library material and the University of Hull's archives will all be housed in the new Mason Street building.




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