Blaydes Maritime Centre

We’re part of the Faculty of Arts, Culture and Education, University of Hull.

We share and create
knowledge about the
connections between
people and the sea.

Hull was one of the
great ports of
medieval England…

…And by the late nineteenth century was the third largest port in Britain. Located in the Georgian home of the Blaydes family, prominent merchants and shipbuilders, Blaydes Maritime Centre has been a leading centre of research in maritime history for over 20 years. In this resonant heritage location, we host events, talks and projects to share the rich story of human interactions with the maritime environment.

About the house

Welcome to Blaydes House: A Place of Business
Welcome to Blaydes House: A Family Home

Blaydes House, a Grade II* listed building, is the finest surviving Georgian merchants’ house in Hull. From medieval times to the nineteenth century, the High Street was the commercial heart of Hull and home to its most important merchant dynasties. Among them were the Blaydes family, who were commodity traders, shipowners and shipbuilders, as well as leading local political figures.

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Recent News
& Events

Research ship William Scoresby

To time with the publicity around the maiden research voyage of the Sir David Attenborough, Blaydes Maritime Centre’s Research Associate Dr Robb Robinson has written a fascinating piece about a…

Blaydes’ research

For more than twenty years, Blaydes Maritime Centre has established a deserved reputation as a leading research institute for maritime history. Led for many years by director Professor David J….

Lloyds registers, important maritime documents held at Blaydes House

Blaydes’ maritime collections

Blaydes Maritime Centre is based in Blaydes House, an underappreciated architectural gem, and, along with Wilberforce House, the most complete survivor of the merchants’ premises that once lined the High…

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