The University of Hull has been at the heart of Hull’s UK City of Culture initiative from the bid stage onwards, playing a pivotal role alongside the many partners who have made Hull’s year as UK City of Culture 2017 possible.
Over 365 days, a programme with more than 2,800 events, exhibitions, installations, and cultural activities was delivered across Hull and the East Riding of Yorkshire. Cumulatively, this programme was experienced 5.3 million times by audiences, with more than 9 in 10 residents taking part in at least one cultural activity in 2017.
The Culture, Place, and Policy Institute (CPPI) was established by the University of Hull in 2016 to stimulate and co-ordinate research on cultural activities, cultural policy and culture-led urban and regional development in the UK and internationally.
The University of Hull was named the exclusive academic research partner of Hull 2017, and it has tasked CPPI with understanding and evaluating the impacts of UK City of Culture on the city of Hull and with developing research that can help to inform future public policy at local, national, and international levels.
Launched at the Cultural Transformations conference held at the University of Hull on 15th and 16th March 2018, these preliminary findings have been produced only a short time after the end of 2017 so that they can inform and shape the further work that will be done in the city to build a strong and sustainable legacy from the Hull UK City of Culture project.
We hope you find this work of CPPI a thought-provoking and useful reflection on an unforgettable year of culture.