Hull's International Hanse Day: Saturday 13th May 2017
On Saturday 13th May 2017 Hull High Street will be transported back to the middle ages when the medieval Hanseatic League was at its peak. A ship has just arrived and market day is in full swing. The townsfolk are going about their business but all have their own secrets to hide. Join us as the story unravels. Re-enactors will line the street – spot the baker, candle stick maker, incense trader and fishing net weaver. Our medieval Mint will join us again – giving you the chance to hammer your own coin – along with our popular Potter and everyone’s favourite fire breathing Jester, Peterkin the Fool. Music from Hautebois and travelling minstrels, Merrie Noyse, will float down the street as you immerse yourself in medieval Hull. Take care not to find yourself locked in the stocks!
New for 2017 is our mini farm - a chance to learn about livestock in the middle ages and cuddle a lamb at the same time!
The Museums Quarter garden will be where we celebrate the modern Hanse with traditional customs from our Northern European partners. Dance, song, storytelling and craft can be enjoyed on our stage. Whet your appetite and visit our food, drink and market stalls. Try your hand at a range of children’s crafts and activities.
Join us as we tell the story medieval Hull and celebrate our connection to the Hanseatic League, both past and present.
Back by popular demand, Peterkin the Fool will once again be creating mischief. Watch out for his circle of rope as that means the fire breathing show is about to start!
Oink, Baaa, Hee haw - the animals are in town! Learn about livestock in the middle ages by visiting our mini farm, courtesy of The Animal Co.
A medieval travelling entertainer, follow your ears to find our travelling minstrels as they meander our medieval street. Why not stop them and ask them for a tune?
Gather round and listen to music being played on the bagpipes, tabor, oud, clarion, pipe and tabor, rebec, and bladder pipes incorporating the earlier harp, bells, symphonie, flute and voices.
Candles were used extensively in medieval times, particularly in the churches, abbeys and cathedrals of the time. Learn how they were made in this demonstration.
Spice and incense trading was a significant part of medieval Britain. Learn where they came from, what routes were used to reach Britain, what method of transport was used along the way.
What's that smell? Bread was a staple of the medieval diet. Learn how it was made with our bread making demonstrations.
Hear that? It's the clink clank of the Medieval Mint as he hammers his coins. Pop by to see how they were made and maybe have a go yourself!
Potters were craftsmen in clay, porcelain and early forms of ceramics. A messy job but someone's got to do it! Go and see the Potter at work creating clay masterpieces.
Fish was another diet staple in medieval times. This demonstration shows how nets were made, the tools used, and how fishing and fish fitted into the diet of the time. Why not have a go at weaving a fishing net?
There's so many craft activities on the day, this will give you some practice -print off our jester for some colouring fun!
Take a look at a selection of images from Hull's International Hanse Day 2016.
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.