A Common Foe – An exhibition at the Hull Maritime Museum

The social event for September saw a good-sized group meet up in Hull to visit an exhibition at the Hull Maritime Museum charting the city’s fishing heritage through a combination of text, photography and film.

A Common Foe focused on the relationship between the fishermen of Hull and the people of Iceland. I was surprised to learn that as far back as the fifteenth century, citizens of Hull had traded goods for fish, with many Icelandic people returning to Hull along with the fishermen, seeking a new life in Britain.

The photography on display by Simon Sharp covered the lives of Hull’s fishermen and women both at sea and at home.  It also tackled some of the more unfortunate events over the years including the Cod Wars and the Triple Trawler Tragedy in the late 1960s.  A video of the brother of one of the men lost in the Triple Trawler Tragedy searching for and laying a wreath at the sight of the wreck of his brother’s boat was especially poignant.

Although A Common Foe has now finished, the rest of the Maritime Museum is well worth a visit with plenty to interest visitors both young and old.

Having spent time inside the museum it was pleasant to step out into the sunshine and wander round the rejuvenated fruit market and old town areas before finding a brand new bar with an amazing array of spirits and nibbles to finish off the afternoon.