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The Golden Book and Battlefield Cross Exhibition


  • Hull Minster South Church Side Hull, England, HU1 United Kingdom (map)

This exhibition runs from the 7th September until the 11th November during standard opening hours.

Hull Minster launches its involvement in the Church Explorers Festival on Friday 7th September by focusing on two significant memorials, the Golden Book and the wooden Battlefield Cross. The Minster showcases these two First World War memorials, and invites people to come and share their family history to create a ‘wall of memory’.

Located next to each other in Hull Minster the two memorials represent the huge outpouring of grief and sense of loss that communities felt after World War One. Hull lost over 7,500 men killed in the Great War. As we approach the centenary of the end of the war the Minster looks at how churches are places of memory, remembrance and reminders of historic events for their local communities.
The simple wooden battlefield cross was brought back to Hull from western France by the British Legion in 1927.  The cross is inscribed to an ‘Unknown British Soldier’ and would have stood originally on a battlefield grave on the western front. 

The Golden Book memorial is a much grander memorial, inside a glass and wood case with surrounding wooden panels showing badges from local regiments. Holding the names of many of the thousands of men from Hull that died during the Great War we know it is not a complete list.

Hull Minster’s display is part of the Church Explorers Festival and lasts from 7th September until 11th November 2018. Church Explorers celebrates the architectural and archaeological importance of Yorkshire’s magnificent church buildings and is managed by the York Archaeological Trust.

The exhibition will be displayed in the East end of Hull Minster in Retro Choir.