Back to All Events

A Family’s Journey Through Hull’s Old Town – A Painted Chronicle by Shirley Goodsell


This exciting exhibition of oil paintings is a celebration of Hull’s Old Town, an important chronicle at a pinnacle point in its’ history.  

This new series of paintings depicts the people and businesses of the historic Old Town and Fruit Market - importantly before the area is developed into a new live/work village for the City of Culture Hull 2017.

“My aim is to give a voice to the generations of people who lived, died and worshipped there - before bomb damage, clearance of population, the traffic developments, and the installation of the new orbital road that changed and sliced up the fabric of the old Town  – Mytongate as I knew it, has vanished forever”.

Over thirty - six oil paintings of different sizes and prices explore the rich history of trade, family, and place.  Goodsell has developed these new paintings during an intense period of research where she braved all weathers to create new sketches of the old town.

Combining these with a personal archive of historic photographs, handed down through the generations, the work began with a documentation of Hull in the early 19th Century.   Compositions developed from very loose drawings in a sketch - book combined with different creative sources that would eventually lead to a painting. The journey comes to an end in the 1970s.

The exhibition is not to be missed for people who love painting, history, and Hull.

Key dates:

  • 1st May, 2pm - Alec Gill, local historian, will be opening the exhibition
  • 6th May, 1pm - Performance by Hull Choral Union
  • 11th May, 1pm - Meet the artist with Shirley Goodsell
  • 13th May, 3pm - Minster making service
  • 13th May, 7pm - Minster making party
Earlier Event: April 29
ARTISTS' DAYS