Hull Minster

Centuries of history brought ‘Back to Life’

The Festival of Archaeology returns to Hull for 2023 later this week, including the ‘Back to Life Festival’ at Hull Minster and Trinity Square. 

On Saturday 29 July, 10am-3pm, Hull Minster will be bringing its monuments back to life in an immersive, interactive experience for the whole family.

Visitors to the free, drop-in event are invited to experience the tastes, smells, sights, and sounds of the church as it would have been in the 1400s and meet actors who will be breathing life into some of Hull’s key historical figures.

They can explore archaeological discoveries, and handle objects from the Castle Street excavations, meeting historical figures who were involved in its management in the 1800s. 

They’ll cover a range of topics including grave robbing, health in Hull, the history of the church, and have the chance to see historic medical exhibits.

On loan from the Thackray Museum of Medicine in Leeds, they’ll find glass eyes, prosthetic limbs, medical tools and a skeleton to rebuild.

The day will include a heritage craft market along with arts and crafts for all ages, face painting, and much more.

For more information, including details of other Festival events such as ‘Medieval Mayhem’ and ‘Telling Tales of Tudor Hull’, visit

Perches and Flyways exhibition
Pearson Park, Hull.