The news that Hull will be the Culture Capital of the UK in 2017 has caused widespread surprise. Stephen Fulham investigates the social history of Hull and its culture as an explanation for this decision.
The British Museum’s Pompeii and Herculaneum exhibition opened to considerable fanfare at the end of March. A number of prime-time TV documentaries heralded its coming and the Mayor of London, no doubt enchanted with the subject he studied at university, waxed lyrical at the press opening. Neil MacGregor, Pontifex Maximus of the cultural establishment, had Continue Reading