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£50,000 search for “Hull-ness”
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A Hull organisation is seeking the spirit of the city.

The Arc project has secured Lottery money to investigate what makes Hull unique.

Arc is a charity that aims to raise awareness of architecture and the built environment.

The Heritage Lottery Fund award of £49,700 will be used to hire a project manager to organise a series of debates, workshops and oral history sessions to find out if there is any such thing as 'Hull-ness'.

The material gathered will feature in a series of exhibitions and eventually will be placed in a public archive.

Jo Byrne, is the programme director at Arc, she said the project hopes to counteract the usual negative stereotypes of the city:

"Hull is no stranger to bad publicity about the image of the City. However, those of us who live and work here know that there is so much more to Hull. Yes, we know what's bad. But we also know about the special places that create positive feelings. The Hullness project is a chance to share our thoughts about the city - past and present - and hopefully generate enthusiasm for what makes it unique."

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