Registered Charity No. 236485
About Us

We hold a public meeting in the Mercure Royal Hotel, Ferensway, with a varied programme of speakers, on the second Monday of each month from October to April.

Our summer programme often includes guided walks in different parts of Hull and visits to neighbouring towns or villages.

and Visits


Our 32-page, A5 size Newsletter is published three times a year.

Most members prefer to receive a printed copy, and an email version is available.


We monitor planning applications and decisions, commenting to the city’s Planning Department about those we think particularly significant.

We send representatives to the monthly Conservation Areas Consultative Committee and meet City Council Planning and other Officers to discuss matters that are of concern.


In 1968, we awarded our first Good Mark, for the refurbishment of the Punch Hotel, Queen Victoria Square. Good Marks celebrate improvements – good new buildings, restoration of older ones and other projects that set a good example. Since then we have awarded several hundred.

Well-designed buildings, sensitive restoration of historic buildings, books on local topics, walls, paving, bridges and a variety of other achievements have all received Good Marks over the years.

Good Marks

During the second weekend of September, our Heritage Open Days programme allows people to visit historic buildings and local industry, join guided walks and listen to talks about different aspects of Hull life.

Our aim is to celebrate and to encourage wider knowledge of Hull's heritage among its citizens and visitors.

Open Days


Since 2013, we have invited local artists to submit paintings of Hull for a Civic Society exhibition.

The result is a wonderful range of pictures of Hull seen through different artists’ eyes. The exhibition is initially shown in Prince’s Quay, before touring to three or four other public venues in different parts of the city.

Hull in Paint
From the earliest days, one of the Society’s contributions to the environment of the city has been tree-planting. The largest number planted at one time was 25 silver birches in Pearson Park to mark our Silver Jubilee in 1989. In 2012 we planted a holly oak at the History Centre to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

“Hull’s Amazing Old Town”, was launched in 2013 and is for sale at various locations.

A series of themed trails will follow as funds permit.

Heritage Trails

Formerly Friends of Spring Bank Cemetery. It is a sub-group of the Society, and works with the City Council and members of the local community in caring for this former cemetery in a way that preserves its historical monuments, respects it as a burial place, allows it to flourish and develop as a haven for nature and a place of natural beauty.

Activities include litter picking, research, making interesting monuments more accessible and guided walks during Heritage Open Days.

Friends of Hull General Cemetery

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