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Hull's International Hanse Day

You came in your thousands and thousands to fill Trinity Square with medieval merriment on Saturday 12th May 2018 as we celebrated Hull’s past and present connection with the Hanseatic League.  Visitors were entertained by craftspeople - including papermaking, weaving and arrow making; our firebreathing Jester; our infamous Ratcatcher; shadow puppetry from Indigo Moon; music; dancing and storytelling. Not forgetting the children's craft - we decorated over 700 gingerbread biscuits, 400 wooden spoons and designed 500 flags!

Special thank you to our sponsor P&O Ferries and our event partner Hull Minster.

Join us again in 2019 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.