Project information

The Hull People's Memorial

Kingston upon Hull, the City of Culture 2017, was devastated by the bombing of World Wars I and II. We will raise Hull's first civilian memorial to those who suffered the bombing, or died in the city, during the two Great War conflicts.

January 2013 - January 2015

Charity information: Hull Remembers

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  • Need


    The people of the city have been appealing for a civilian memorial since the end of the first world war and the second World war. The people still feel very strongly about the way that Hull was forgotten, and remains forgotten, and that a memorial has never been built in the UK's most devastated city. Wartime secrecy has meant Hull has been all-but omitted from the history books - even though it suffered the very first and last manned air raids of the Second World War. Only Hull remembers.


    We will raise the funds to erect the Hull People's Memorial in the centre of the city to celebrate the lives of those who lived through the bombing, name those who died during these raids and tell the story of the city at war.

    The memorial has the full backing of the City Council, City Planners and, most importantly, the people of the City and County of Kingston upon Hull. The memorial will help to tell the tale of Hull at war to the world and lift the shroud of secrecy obscuring the truth.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To raise the Hull People's Memorial.


    » Local students will be used as project architects using a design selected by the people of Kingston upon Hull.
    » To raise £250,000 to fund the construction and provide a fund for the long term maintenance of the Hull People's Memorial.
    » The Hull People's Memorial will be raised using Hull skills, labour and materials as far as is reasonably possible.

    What success will look like

    Success will be demonstrated by the building of the Hull People's Memorial in the centre of the city.

  • Impact


    The memorial will provide a central focal point for those who wish to remember those who lived through the raids and devastation, rebuilt the City and list those who paid the ultimate price; losing their lives to the German bombs. It will provide an impetus to those who wish to let the world know the true story of Kingston upon Hull's war, unveiling the shroud of secrecy. It will become a major tourism attraction and enhance the 2017 City of Culture celebrations.


    A great deal of work has been undertaken to address any potential risks which could arise from the project. A number of consultations with City Council officers, planning officers, health and safety officers have been fed into the design leading to changes to ensure the safety of the public and the memorial, once erected.


    Reports to donors will be made by newsletters, to be sent out at significant points during the project.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £250,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £150,000 Building Costs Memorial building costs, contingancy fund and celebration.
      £100,000 Maintenance Fund Trust fund for long-term maintenance and repairs.

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Public/business donations £30,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    The primary location for the Hull People's Memorial will be over the site of the Prudential Tower, one of Hull's best known landmarks, destroyed by the Luftwaffe during World War Two. The tower stood on the corner formed by today's King Edward Street and Paragon Street in the Centre of Kingston upon Hull. For heritage protection reasons, the memorial may have to be located a short distance from the prime site at the top of King Edward Street.


    Lord John Prescott described the Hull People's Memorial as the best thing to happen for over fifty years. The Leader of Hull City Council added that he saw the memorial being a major attractor of tourism and business for The City. The planning department (at a pre-planning meeting) described the memorial as the best project to pass through the department in the last 30 years. The memorial will benefit the whole city; it will provide an educational resource and a place of contentment for all.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Our team are totally focused on seeing the Hull People's Memorial built. All of the team have Hull in their heart and are determined to see this project through. They have heard their own parents, grandparents, great grandparents, the visitors to our exhibition centre and networks express their own desire for a memorial. 2014 is the 100th anniversary of WW1; the 75th anniversary of WW2. Our team have a passion to complete this project while survivors of the two wars still live in The City.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Alan Brigham

    Chair. Senior researcher and historian. ICT, web sites and Events presenter.

    Chris Brigham

    Treasure. Researcher, planner and administration. In charge of retails operations and visits.

    Jamie Scott

    Armourer. In charge of all artefacts and resources including deactivated weapons and inert munitions. Events presenter.


    Social Media and of-line database manager.


Will pay for one memorial leaf.

The best thing to happen in Hull for over 50 years

Lord John Prescot