What's happening in Hull? Exhibition celebrates regeneration
A TRAVELLING exhibition to show off the regeneration of Hull has been launched in the city.
The What's Happening In Hull? project, which has been three years in the making, was organised by Hull Civic Society to show off the city's "renaissance".
The exhibition, which will now be on display at Hull History Centre until mid-January, tells visitors about projects to redevelop the city, including the development of new health centres, schools and housing.
Also included in the exhibition is an iconic picture by Mail chief photographer Rob Stebbing – a panoramic view of Hull Marina.
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Hull Civic Society chairman John Netherton said: "This is a huge programme of work worth more than £1bn. Put all together, it is a tremendous story to tell.
"This is a renaissance of our city's public services and buildings, and that is something that should be celebrated."
The show features projects going on in the city from a range of organisations.
They include the estuary's development at Associated British Ports and Green Port Hull, Building Schools for the Future, Citycare's new health centres and Hull City Council's housing regeneration.
Mr Netherton said: "The idea came about three years ago at the opening of the new Orchard Centre in Orchard Park.
"There were presentations there by Buildings Schools for the Future, the housing regeneration team and Citycare, which was proposing to build new health centres.
"Then we started to think about getting all the projects covering the whole spectrum together for a coherent picture."
Mr Netherton said that although the Mail covers all the developments taking place in the city, and features news stories when health centres and new schools are opened, no one has ever painted the full picture all together.
He said: "The Mail always covers the projects individually but people don't get the chance to see the whole thing."
The focal picture to sum up this "renaissance" of the city was taken by the Mail's Rob Stebbing.
The panoramic picture was taken on a clear day in October and shows the marina and the surrounding buildings.
Rob, 34, said: "John asked me to come up with an image for regeneration and I thought where better to show Hull's magnificence than the marina?
"It had been raining for three or four days before but, on that morning, the sun came out and it was clear blue skies, so I was really lucky."
Rob created the piece by taking about 15 individual shots while the camera was mounted on a tripod. They were then spliced together to form one long picture.
The exhibition What's Happening In Hull? was launched on Tuesday night and will remain at the centre until the new year.
It will then be taken around the city to schools, health centres, shopping centres and other public places.
Mr Netherton said: "We have a lot to be proud of in this city, but we need to generate confidence and overcome the criticism Hull often gets.
"We may be at the end of the railway line, but we have a great city."
Follow the exhibition's progress on Twitter @WHIHull to see where it is touring.