Saturday, 12 June 2010

Chuck Jones joins the NHS

I think I may have mentioned before that Hull doesn't do hubris. At the outbreak of the last war the man in charge of Hull's museums advised curators against moving their collections to safer places. He is quoted as saying  "even if there is an air raid they [the Hull Museum authorities] have taken the necessary measures for protection from anything except a direct hit". You can see where this is going. On 24th June 1943 Hull's Municipal Museum on Albion Street took a direct hit by an incendiary bomb. The whole place was destroyed leaving only a bombed out site that was eventually cleared and turned into a car park. 
All was not lost as in the late 1980s an archeological excavation of the site recovered many items that had been stored in the museum's basement; including a motorbike left in the boiler room.
The site is now being cleared to build a "Health and Well Being Centre" with access to a "range of health and council services" in "modern and welcoming surroundings". This picture shows the intended construction. 

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