YP Comment: Bringing history to life

Merchants Warehouse in the Old Town in Hull .
Merchants Warehouse in the Old Town in Hull .
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HULL’S OLD Town, as visitors are now discovering, is the City of Culture’s hidden treasure, a hive of historical interest where the story of Hull is made clear not just in the area’s fascinating and free museums, but in the very streets themselves.

The worry, however, is that, once this year’s celebrations are over, the Old Town will become a secret once again, just like Elsecar, the conservation village in Barnsley, which also has a rich history but which is visited by comparatively few.

The fact that both areas are being named Heritage Action Zones should now help to rid them of their undeserved anonymity. Here are two districts steeped in history, with fascinating stories to tell, and it is high time that their status as two of Yorkshire’s best-kept secrets was brought to an end.