Hull launches city history primary school curriculum

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Image caption Described as Hull’s most famous son, politician William Wilberforce is best known as a pioneering anti-slavery campaigner. He led the movement against the British slave trade until its abolition in 1807 until the law was passed to free all slaves in the British Empire in 1833

Children in Hull are being taught about the history of the city as part of a bespoke curriculum being launched in local schools.

The Hull Curriculum "explores Hull through stories of danger, adventure and exploration".

The idea is to learn about how local people have affected the world, organisers said.

It features anti-slavery campaigner William Wilberforce and aviator Amy Johnson, who were both from the city.

Other people added to the curriculum are Hull MP and philanthropist Thomas Ferens, after whom the city's public art gallery is named, and Hull's first female GP, Mary Murdoch, who played a key role in the campaign to win the vote for women.

A total of 20 topics are now being taught in a number of local schools, with organisers aiming to get every school in the city to take part in the run up to Hull City of Culture 2017, and beyond.

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Image caption Amy Johnson became the first woman to fly solo to Australia, landing in Darwin on 24 May 1930 after 19 and a half days
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Image caption Lillian Bilocca is featured in Hull Curriculum - she led a campaign to improve safety conditions on board North Sea trawlers

The curriculum also includes:

  • Hull Fair, one of Europe's largest travelling funfairs which has been going for more than 730 years
  • The life of film producer J Arthur Rank, of Rank Films, who owned the Odeon chain and Pinewood Studios
  • Lillian Billocia, who fought for better safety conditions on board North Sea trawlers
  • Isaac Reckitt, founder of Reckitt & Sons, now Reckitt Benckiser, which is one of the UK's largest providers of household products
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Image caption The Hull Curriculum teaches children about people from Hull - including film producer J Arthur Rank (left) who owned the Odeon cinema chain and Pinewood Studios

The city itself also had a few claims to fame, including being the first place in Britain to use police dogs.

It is also known for its white telephone boxes and the Humber Bridge - a 2,220m single-span suspension bridge - the longest of its type anywhere in the world when it opened in 1981.

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