Hull is a city filled with people… and occasionally those people do things. Some of those things are kind of interesting. Some are pretty funny too. Others are actually quite impressive, and others… well, they’re just weird.
The thing is, we think every one of these stories deserves to be remembered. They are what makes Hull the city it is today. The weird, the wonderful, the obscure, the fascinating and the factual all permeate every street and every community in the city, and now these anecdotes are celebrated through our Alternative Heritage plaques.
About the plaques
Originating in London in 1866, the famous blue plaque scheme has celebrated the links between notable figures of the past, and the buildings that they lived and worked in, for years.
Having been taking over by the charity in the 80’s, the scheme is now commonly known to be run by English Heritage, although many similar plaque projects are facilitated by councils, civic societies and organisations.
Official English Heritage plaques can only be commissioned for a proposed recipient 20 years after their death, through strict criteria. But what about the living legends and stories that make our city special right now? Here at Drunk Animal Creative Studio, we pride ourselves on being champions of Hull’s past and present sagas, and so we designed a series of our own plaques, fittingly titled 'Alternative Heritage'.
Our plaques celebrate our history, from Hull’s charismatic folk, to lore spread in playgrounds (or let’s be honest, online!). Whether factual or fictitious, the contents of the plaques come straight from the heart of Hull.
Behind the scenes
We were keen for the city to wake up to a trail of blue surprises, so with an armful of bubble wrapped plaques and a drill in hand, we set about installing before dawn.
Within two weeks, we had mounted our first plaques in locations from East to West. Whether they have come to rest in historical locations, or busy community hubs, our plaques have now settled in their new homes celebrating legendary Hullians, fantastical events and unforgettable moments.
Where are the plaques located?
We’ve installed a number of Alternative Heritage plaques across the city of Hull. Use the interactive map below to find out where they’re located and click on the icons for further details about each plaque. Don’t forget to keep an eye on our social media for future updates!
A 'phantom war' was witnessed, filling Hull with the sounds of cannons, muskets and drums
Former Chip Spice factory
Local heroes Rod and Brenda Wilson invented Chip Spice, changing the course of Hull’s history
Lee gave a croggy to Sandra, kickstarting a new transportation craze in the city
Rumoured to have raided wheelie bins for centuries, leaving a trail of Frazzle packets behind...
Hull’s Bee Lady has raised over £100,000 in the city centre for Age UK
A girl is reported to have driven Roland Gift crazy...
Graham Boanas waded across the muddy waters of the Humber from Broomfleet to Whitton
In a Hull dialect triple-whammy, a young lad is overheard saying 'me mam chowed at me for twagging off'
Here told Pat she's a perfect ten (but she wears a twelve)
Castle St crossing
Clare nearly died whilst waiting for the green man to finally appear
Everything but the Girl
Ben stops recording new songs for his band, leaving behind Everything but the Girl
During national riots about the calendar switch, only in Hull were the public cries actually about the fear of losing 11 days of Hull Fair
Innocent bird is commemorated with iconic graffiti by local skipper Pongo
Tom Piper got lucky...
Our band of mavericks and creatives decided to celebrate Hull’s history, whether factual or fictitious...
Mathematician, Philosopher & Anglican priest / Really strong beard game
Became an internet sensation near here from his red Citroen Picasso
Britain’s First Police Dogs
Canine legends Jim, Vic, Mick & Ben take down the Pattie-snatching Bandit on Hull Docks
World Record breaking poppadom tower was created by restaurant Jolsha (both tower and record have since crumbled)
Hull turns from Red & White to Black & White
Local town crier, Michael Wood, proclaimed: Henceforth, each year this same day of April is to be celebrated as Kingston Upon Hull Day. Oyez it is!
Hull was torn over whether Ronnie Pickering deserved his plaque
Hull Daily Mail
Published it’s first paper here and has reported local storys ever since 1885
Chapel Street became the victim of the worst parking manoeuvre Hull has ever seen
Ebenezer Cobb Morley
Born here on Princess Street, Ebenezer the Geezer is regarded as the founding father of the FA and modern football.
In the news
BBC Look North recently featured Alternative Heritage and Drunk Animal Creative Studio. Our Creative Director, Calvin Innes, spoke about the idea and then took everyone on a walking plaque tour. Check it out below: