Artists get opportunity to develop skills in event for Blitz anniversary

BUDDING artists are being urged to draw on the past as part of events commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Hull Blitz.

Beginners are being invited to take part in a free two-day course at Hull History Centre where some of the centre’s vast archive of material will be used an inspiration for drawings.

Last week marked the anniversary of the first heavy raid on March 17 1941, in which 96 people died. In the Second World War, Hull suffered the worst bombing of any British city other than London. The Luftwaffe raids peaked in May 1941.

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The course – a first for the centre, which is off Freetown Way – aims to teach both research and drawing skills.

Carol Tanner, Hull Council’s Senior Archivist at Hull History Centre, said: “It’s good to see our collections being used in such a new and exciting way.

“The Blitz was a major event in Hull’s history and it is fitting that it is to be commemorated in this way.

“We hope that learners will develop their artistic abilities and be inspired to further research the blitz enabling them to link what they learn with personal or family memories and wartime experiences.

“We hope this will lead to many more such projects and we look forward to seeing the results.”

The city was subject to the first daylight raid on Britain in the war and the last piloted attack on March 17, 1945 when people leaving the city’s Savoy cinema became the UK’s last victims of the Blitz.

To book a place call Hull 317500. The course runs on Saturday April 2 from 10am to 4pm and Saturday April 9 from 10am to 3pm.