19th Century To 1970s – Exhibition Celebrates Hull’s Old Town

An Exhibition of oil paintings has been launched at Hull’s History Centre to celebrate life in Hull’s old town.

The exhibition, which runs until 27 April, consists of 40 oil paintings done by artist Shirley Goodsell. Shirley, who spent three years creating the oil paintings, aimed to show  life in Hull far before the developments for the city of culture 2017: from the early 19th century to the 1970s.

Shirley said:

“My aim is to give a voice to the generations of people who lived, died and worshipped there – before bomb damage, clearance of population, the traffic developments, and the installation of the new orbital road that changed and sliced up the fabric of the old town – Mytongate as I knew it has vanished forever. ”


Days of sail, Princes Dock

Not only did she sketch the landscape and ships, but also the people of that time.

Shirley said:

“The people in the fruit market scene are ‘busy’ – they have focus and purpose. To me, even now their voices and presence still resonate down Humber street.” 

                                               Fruit Market, Holy Trinity


Entrance to the exhibition is free.

For more information, please visit 


Written by

Baltzer Musherure 







Fruit Market, Holy Trinity



Entrance for the exhibition is free.

For more information, please visit www.hullhistorycentre.org.uk.




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