HEDON TOWN COUNCIL has been approached by Hull City Council with a proposal to display its historic civic silver collection at a future permanent exhibition at Hull’s historic Trinity House building.
The proposed silver exhibition at Trinity House would bring together the town’s civic collection, Kingston Upon Hull’s silver, and Trinity House’s own collection to create one of the best silver collections in the country. This would expect to create a tourist attraction in Hull of international significance and would help to promote Hedon as a place to visit.
The proposal is being considered by Hedon Town Council, but councillors at their meeting last week declared that this was a big decision to be responsible for! Hedon already has what is believed to be the oldest silver mace in England dating back to 1415, but the magnificent civic silver collection is believed to have been started in 1640 when the then Hedon MP John Alured presented the first silver wine bowl.
By allowing the collection to be displayed in Hull the Hedon Town Council would still ‘own’ the silver on behalf of the town’s residents and would have access rights to the collection to organise its own silver shows. However, the notion of ‘giving up’ the silver to Hull after 370 years obviously stirs great civic emotions amongst the town’s councillors.
So what do you think about the proposal?
If you want to get a glimpse of some of the civic silver then it is being displayed on Wednesday 20th February 2013 via the Alexandra Hall: See Hedon Silver Public Display.