Hollar’s Hull in 3D: Part II

This model has taken awhile due to many work commitments and has been an ongoing personal project, but here it finally is:

King Henry VIII’s “Hull Castle” was built c.1541 as an artillery castle. The central castle structure is attached to two trefoil-shaped blockhouses with curtain walls that span alongside the east bank of the River Hull. The most southern blockhouse, situated where the River Hull and Humber meet, was later incorporated into what became known as The Citadel in c.1680. What remained of Hull Castle was demolished in 1863.

I first mentioned this project back in an April- Hollar’s Hull in 3D: Part I– and have modelled some extra scenery features since then. This project was inspired by Wenceslaus Hollar’s map of Kingston upon Hull dating from c.1642. To recreate the entire map would be a mammoth task, so I’ve focused on the top section featuring King Henry VIII’s “Hull Castle”.

Hollar Hull, view of HulL Castle
View of King Henry VIII’s Hull Castle
Beverley Gate

Beverley Gate also features on Hollar’s map and I had previously created a model which I might integrate in the future:

Hull Castle 3D model by Hannah Rice

Beverley Gate, Hull c.1642

Beverley Gate Hull render of 3D model, Hannah Rice
Beverley Gate, Hull, c.1642.  Image render by Hannah Rice.

Quick new image based on my original model in Blender to celebrate Hull’s City of Culture year ūüôā See previous blog posts on this model’s development: 1 & 2


Life at the Hull History Centre

Looking at a Francis Johnson architectural plan at the overhead camera
Looking at a Francis Johnson architectural plan at the overhead camera

Lots of exciting things have happened in the past three months since my introductory post working as a trainee at the Hull History Centre¬†under the “Transforming Archives” scheme.

I’ve been blogging on the Hull History Centre’s blog recently where you can read about the¬†HullCraft project (engaging young people with archival material using Minecraft), and my work digitising the Grand Tour diary of Francis Johnson, a local architect.

The National Archives building

In late November I spent a week at The National Archives in Kew which was insightful. It was my first visit and I was accompanied by all the other “Transforming Archives” trainees who are based at different archives services nationally. To read more on my week at The National Archives have a look at my Hull History Centre blog post.

I was also promoting HullCraft at the Platform Expos 2014 at Hull College accompanied by Joel Mills and our recycled archive boxes Creeper and Steve. This was a fantastic day of speaking to gamers and teachers about the project, recruiting new HullCrafters and showcasing the server live on a big screen. The server features a reconstruction of the Hull History Centre and took approximately 18450 blocks to build!

Myself on the HullCraft stand at Platform Expos
Myself on the HullCraft stand at Platform Expos
The Hull History Centre in Minecraft
The Hull History Centre in Minecraft

The next coming year brings lots of events that I would recommend for anyone interested in digitisation and digital heritage.

I have a showcase session with Joel at the Digital Utopias event in Hull on the 20th January 2015. We will be demonstrating the HullCraft project and looking at  re-contextualising archives using Minecraft.

I am also particularly looking forward to attending Digital Pasts 2015 at Swansea, and Minecraft Unplugged in Leeds.

More posts to follow on these events!