“Going Dutch” in Hull – Stuart Whittingham writes:

October’s YTI social took place in Hull, where we enjoyed a leisurely lunch followed by a visit to the “Going Dutch” exhibition at the Ferens Art Gallery.

For YTI’s Hull-based contingent, it was a chance to welcome members (along with friends, partners and parents) from across the region to see some of the sights of our little corner of East Yorkshire. Enthusiastically donning our tour guide hats, we proudly explained that the shopping centre in which we met for lunch was designed to resemble a ship, complete with “decks” rather than “floors” – the general consensus was that, rather than being an architectural triumph, this just made it more difficult to find Pizza Express!

It was especially nice to be joined by three new faces: one of our brand new members, a translation student from Hull University and a Hull-based member of the Council of the Chartered Institute of Linguists.

After lunch, we took advantage of a break in the rain to head over to the Ferens Art Gallery. The permanent collection is certainly one of the best in the region and the gallery is one of the centrepieces of Hull’s bid to be the UK’s Capital of Culture in 2017. In the end, most of us did not have enough time to explore the permanent exhibitions as much as we would have liked.

The main focus of our visit was the “Going Dutch” exhibition, which explored the links between the Low Countries and the Hull and East Yorkshire area. There was an interesting analysis of the Dutch architectural influence on Hull’s Old Town, along with some tantalising titbits of trivia, including the mystery of whether Rembrandt really spent a year in the city. Finally, there was a fun section about the history of the ferry service between Hull and Rotterdam, including examples of funky 1960s advertising and some original crew uniforms!

A good time was had by all – thanks to Charlotte for organising the event.