Hull's International Hanse Day: 14 May 2016 10am to 4pm Free entry.
Join us on 14th May 2016 for Hull's International Hanse Day, where you will experience the sights, sounds and smells of a medieval marketplace as High Street in Hull Old Town is taken back in time. Experience market day in medieval Hull and meet our friends and neighbours as they go about their daily chores. Follow our trail to learn more about Hull's trading history - how many rats can you tick off? Continue your journey into the Museums Quarter garden where we will be celebrating the cultural traditions from Hanse towns and cities from across Northern Europe. Grab a bite to eat whilst you watch traditional dance, listen to music from a choir and enjoy some traditional storytelling. Not forgetting there's plenty of activities for the children including crafts and a giant interactive map. There will also be a market but no medieval coins accepted!
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.
Medieval High Street
Hull's High Street in the Old Town will be transformed into a stage set for our medieval marketplace. Join our characters as they go about their business on Market Day. Perhaps they are heading to the Potter for new pots for their ship? Perhaps they need medical advice from the Barber Doctor (or the Quack Doctor - eek!)? Perhaps they need food supplies for their next trading mission? Our visitors can follow them as they visit the market stalls and even interact with the traders themselves. Have you ever tried your hand at wattle or daub or seen how to make a leather bottle? Meanwhile our jester will be creating mischief and our travelling minstrels will be treating us to a tune. Why not pull up a haybale and enjoy the show!
Our swashbuckling hero the Shipmaster returns from a long journey but stories a plent but who awaits him and why aren't they happy? Find him at the Dry Dock on Scale Lane or next to the Black Boy tavern!
The Merchant is a shrewd businessman and expert in the dabbling of exchanges but is all as it seems? Find him at the dry dock on Scale Lane.
The Merchant's wife likes the finer things in life but will market day deliver what she is waiting for? Find her at High Street Market or at home near Bishops Lane.
The Apprentice's life and happiness is bound to his Master but he dreams of adventures at sea. Find him at his Master's workshop near Black Boy Tavern.
Market Day is in full swing but make sure the Market Trader doesn't give you short measure! There's only one place to find him - High Street Market.
Representing the Guild, our Merchant Officer has been sent to seek those who believe they are above the King's Law but a familiar face may distract him! Find him near Bishops Lane.
The Messenger has been sent direct from the Sheriff of Yorkshire with an important message for the residents but it be one they wnat to hear? Find him at High Street Market.
The Pauper's current position is one to be pitied but her story is yet to be discovered! Keep your eyes out for her on High Street.
Long hours of loading and unloading the ship's can break a man but will our Porter be drawn into the Merchant's mischief? Find him at the dry dock or working down the staiths on High Street.
Sent out on daily errands, our Servant is often distracted by gossip but what trouble will she find herslef in on Market Day? Find her at High Street Market.
Dry dock - Forge
Our Forge will be on the dry docks, awaiting any emergency metalwork repairs.
Dry dock - Medieval Mint
Our Medieval Mint will be producing authentic-style medieval coins.
Come and join us!
Cottage industries - The Potter
Our Potter will be giving demonstrations on how medieval pottery was made.
Cottage industries - leather bottle making
Learn how medieval leather bottles were made.
Market place - wattle and daub
Have a go at the medieval construction of wattle and daub.
Market place - The Alchemist
Visit our alchemist and let him change your copper coins to silver and gold (or green if it goes wrong!)
Market place - The Barber Surgeon
Visit our Barber Surgeon and receive some medieval medical advice or a haircut!
Market place - toy trader
Toys and games from medieval times will be available to play with (you know you want to!)
Market place - food trader
Watch our market trader prepare food from medieval times and sell it at market.
Market place - baker
Enjoy the smell of bread as our market trader pepares loaves for the sailors.
Our Jester will be roaming High Street, talking about what you can see and having some cheeky fun!
Merrie Noyse will be roaming High Street filling it with sweet music.
The Quack Doctor
Dare you visit our Quack Doctor to see what he's up to?
Hautbois will be performing music from the back of their medieval cart.
If you can't wait to see what's happening where, download our event guide here!
There's so many craft activities on the day, this will give you some practice -print off our jester for some colouring fun!
Join a medieval guided walk leading you from Hull Tourist Information Centre to High Street.
Time Troopers in Hull & East Riding Museum will be helping you make a coat of arms.
Next head to the Museums Quarter gardens where we'll be celebrating modern Hanse with traditional customs from across Northern Europe. They'll be opportunities to sample food, take part in traditional craft and even some morris dancing! They'll be loads for the kids too with craft making and a giant interactive map to learn about trading links. All this will be taking place whilst traditional dance, song, story telling and crafts are performed across our stage. Why not get something to eat, take a seat and enjoy the show!