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Hanse Day 2018

Hull's International Hanse Day

Join us for some medieval merriment on Saturday 12th May 2018 as we celebrate Hull’s past and present connection with the Hanseatic League in our new location in Trinity Square.  Visitors will be entertained by craftspeople - including papermaking, weaving and arrow making. Our Jester, meanwhile, aims to wow crowds with shows consisting of fire, juggling, a guillotine…and general silliness! They’ll be music and dancing, storytelling, craft and an opportunity to try shadow puppetry!
Working in partnership with Hull Minster, the iconic building will be celebrating the first anniversary of its re-dedicated as a minster by the Archbishop of York in May 2017 with church tours, music, family activities and a Festal Choral Evensong at 4pm.

All this plus market stalls, children’s craft activities, food and our popular staged performance area.

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.