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Hanse Day

Hull's International Hanse Day

On Saturday 13th May 2017 Hull High Street was transported back to the middle ages when the medieval Hanseatic League was at its peak. 21,000 visitors enjoyed our characters and re-enactors - the baker, candle stick maker, incense trader and fishing net weaver. Our medieval Mint returned along with our popular Potter and everyone’s favourite fire breathing Jester, Peterkin the Fool. Music from Hautebois and travelling minstrels, Merrie Noyse, could be heard floating down the street.

The Museums Quarter garden was a hive of activity with dance, song, storytelling and children's craft activities surrounded by food, drink and market stalls. 

Join us again in 2018 as we tell the story of our maritime history in medieval Hull and celebrate our connection to the Hanseatic League, both past and present.

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Hanseatic History

In the mid-13th century, seafaring merchants from across Northern Europe joined together to form the Hanseatic League as a way to pursue their shared economic interests. Throughout the North Sea and Baltic Sea region, up to 200 towns and cities were members of the League. Hull was one of several associated trading cities in the UK, exporting such items as wool, cloth and salt. Some days up to a dozen ships arrived into Hull with imported timber, canvas, furs, iron, flax and pitch. For over 400 years the League played a major role in shaping economies, trade and politics before losing its significance in the mid-17th century. Hull's Old Town still retains its medieval street footprint (one of only 2 in Yorkshire). In 2012 Hull joined the new Hanse - a partnership of over 180 towns and cities across Northern Europe which were part of the original Hanseatic League.