A trip to the 13th Century – Hull celebrates Hanse Day

Over 21,000 people gathered at the Hull High Street on Saturday to celebrate the international Hanse Day.

The annual event took people back to a 13th century medieval Hull, a time when the city was part of a powerful league called the Hanseatic league that dealt with trading.

Meredith Trowsdale, the event organiser, said: “In the mid-13th century, seafaring merchants from across Northern Europe joined together to form the Hanseatic League as a way to pursue their shared economic interests.

Throughout the North Sea and Baltic Sea region, up to 200 towns and cities were members of the League. Hull was one of several associated trading cities in the UK, exporting such items as wool, cloth and salt.

Some days up to a dozen ships arrived into Hull with imported timber, canvas, furs, iron, flax and pitch. For over 400 years the League played a major role in shaping economies, trade and politics before losing its significance in the mid-17th century.”

Although this is only the second time the event has been celebrated, the first being last year, there were almost double the number of people, as Trowsdale said: (We had) 21,075, compared to 12,000 in 2016 which was our first year.

Residents flocked together to interact with people dressed as characters from over three millennia ago.



A character attempting to eat a burning smore.

Connor Miller, 28 from Goole said: “I missed the event last year so this was my first time. It was so exciting and there was so much to see.”

Amy Katherine, 47 from Hessle said: “Some of the stunts the characters were doing were quite scary. But it was nice to see everyone mingle and have a good time.”

Esther May, 33, from Anlaby said: “It’s nice to see such recreations. I feel i can know a little about what Hull was like all those years ago and how different it is now.”

Sandra Evans, 35, from Hessle said: “You don’t see this everyday, especially here. They should do things like these more often.”

Following the end of the 6 hour long event, Trowsdale said:” The event was a great success with a 75% increase in visitor number.”

The date is already selected for our 2018 event – 12th May 2018″, she added.

To learn more about the Hanse Day event, visit their website





Shorthand social evaluation

Generally speaking, coming up with a story for my shorthand social was quite difficult. Much like my thinglink, i did not know what story to write about. I initially wanted to do a story on brexit or the general election, but soon realised this was not going to work, as i did not have images relevant to the story, and interviewing people on these topics was very hard, as almost nobody i spoke to wanted to give their views on either topic.

I then wanted to do a story on manga, a topic i absolutely adore. However, i felt it was more suited for thinglink and i did not want to do manga for both shorthand and thinglink.

Finally i decided to do my story on exciting events and exhibitions from the city of culture. I found this relatively easy, as i had taken most of the images and videos from events and exhibitions i had attended months before, so it was only a matter of compiling my photos and videos and writing a relevant script for them.

Overall i am pleased with the story due to the amount of multimedia it has. I have many pictures, some tweets to add to the multimedia and a video of musician Stevie Nimmo that i filmed myself. The story is also more of a fun story rather than a news story and is readable by some  younger viewers that prefer to read lighter stories rather than news stories.

However, i feel the story is slightly short and could definitely use more exhibitions and events with more multimedia.

My target audience for this would be the Hull daily mail, as i have focused on events and exhibitions specifically in Hull.

If i were to redo this, i would certainly think ahead on the story that i would write, as i wanted to do a story on the general election or brexit – both ideas would be difficult to get relevant multimedia for. As well i would generally keep everything simple by writing a story i find easy to write rather than topics i find boring.

Thinglink Evaluation

Having completed my thinglink project i can now look back and evaluate the process of creating what i created and the end product.

The process was rather stressful for me. I did not know what story to do at first. In the beginning i wanted to do a story on how Laptops and other electronic gadgets were banned from flights to majority muslim countries. This proved to be difficult, as finding someone to interview about it was hard since it was a sensitive topic. I was also quite scared to ask or interview people about this topic as i did not know how they would react to it.

After thinking long and hard, I then changed it to a much lighter topic yet serious topic, focusing on how too many diet soda drinks can cause a stroke later on in life. This also proved to be challenging as i barely had any interesting images for this topic, and i wanted to find someone relevant to interview about this topic, such as a dietician, however many were reluctant and did not want to be interviewed.

I then did my story on something i absolutely love – manga. Doing a story on two of my favourite manga was a process i enjoyed thoroughly. I video recorded myself talking about these two manga, backing up alot of the points i was saying and adding multimedia to the story.

I am very pleased with the videos, however in my videos i talk a lot about the different characters in the series giving examples of what makes the series good, however i don’t have videos from the actual series to back up what i’m saying. I wanted to avoid copyright so i did not add these examples, although i attempt to talk as easily as possible, even explaining the plot of the stories so that people who have never watched do not feel completely lost.

Of course it would have helped a lot to put examples of what i was saying, such as when i was talking about the different characters.

Although i enjoyed doing a story on manga, i did not like using thinglink, as i found it quite difficult to use. I did not know how to embed infographics onto thinglink, although i eventually found out how to.

If i were to do this again, i would definitely put more thought into the story that i am to write, as i picked such difficult stories not to mention i found them boring and the thought of interviewing someone relevant to the laptop ban story was one i was afraid of.

My target audience for this story is children and teenagers, as they read more comics than adults tend to.

Overall however, i am pleased with the end result.



Levels of homelessness are steadily decreasing, according to a recent report.

Recent statistics suggest Hull’s homeless levels have decreased by 16% over the past year.

A volunteer for a local charity, however, is expected to voice her opposed views on these levels.



Levels of homelessness in Hull have seen a downward trend over the years.

Recent statistics suggest Hull’s homeless levels have decreased by 16% over the past year.

However, one particular charity organisation have noticed a tremendous rise in the number of . Baltzer Musherure reports..

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First 3 par Cue

The government have set a minimum unit pricing on alcohol to reduce alcohol related harm.

The new law has priced a 70cl bottle of whiskey at £14, making it more expensive to tackle the issue of excessive drinking.

The manager of a well known store in Hull claims the minimum unit pricing affects the promotions of his store more than it affects the pricing.


Second 3 Par Cue

A minimum unit pricing has been set on alcohol that sees a 70cl bottle of whiskey at £14.

The chairman of the Alcohol Health Alliance UK said Minimum unit pricing will leave pub prices untouched.

The manager of the store explained how consumer behaviour has had more of an impact than the MUP.


Donut Wrap

A minimum unit price (MUP) has been set on alcohol across England and Wales.

The decision to set the MUP was by the government in order to tackle the problem that is over drinking.

The new law has no doubt affected retailers. Baltzer Musherure reports on how it might affect retailers.