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Hull's International Hanse Day

After 3 successful years, Hanse Day is back on Saturday 8th June 2019 and this year it is going to be even bigger and better! Newly rebranded as Lord Mayor's Hanse Day we will be celebrating our connections with the Northern European Hanseatic League both past and present but with a twist...

Did you know that Hull's first Mayor was elected in 1332 just as the Hanseatic League was at its most active? 2019 will see us celebrate this connnection and the newly appointed Lord Mayor of Kingston upon Hull with an event spanning the city centre.

Immerse yourself in medieval Hull and learn about crafts and trade in Trinity Square. Try your hand at wattle and daub, gaze in wonder at our fire breathing jester or sit and enjoy a tale of old.

Wander Whitefriargate and experience pop up performances and children's craft activities.

Spend time in Queen Victoria Square where you'll find our stage filled with performances of song, dance and spoken word where you'll learn more about our Northern European neighbours. There will also be craft activities so you can make something to wear as part of our Parade!

That's right! We will be celebrating our newly appointed Lord Mayor and our city's trading history with a colourful parade through the city centre. Join us or line the streets and watch us, but come and enjoy the day.

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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.