A High Street Sound Walk in Hull

Artist Jez riley French’s sound walk evokes Whitefriargate’s history using a fascinating range of hidden, overlooked or usually inaudible sounds from the street.

'Breet Velvit Ake' (‘Bright Velvet Wander’ in the Yorkshire dialect) by Jez riley French
Start: at Beverley Gate
Duration: 30 minutes
This route is accessible

Using headphones via your personal device, start the audio at Beverley Gate and slowly meander along Whitefriargate. There is no set route, so sit, stroll, look up and absorb your surroundings. The map below gives an overview of some of the sounds you’ll discover.

Jez riley French's sound walk ‘Breet Velvit Ake’ (‘Bright Velvet Wander’ in the Yorkshire dialect) evokes Whitefriargate’s complex social, cultural and physical history. Using a fascinating range of hidden, overlooked or usually inaudible sounds, it invites you to take time to listen, pause and discover this street in a new way.

It’s part of High Street Sound Walks, a series of self-guided, immersive sound walks to help people discover the magic of their local high streets for Heritage Open Days. High Street Sound Walks is a commission by Historic England, National Trust and Heritage Open Days with support from the players of People’s Postcode Lottery and produced by Sound UK.

Produced in association with Absolutely Cultured.


Additional voices: Jenny Berger Myhre and Laura Naukkarinen.

With thanks to: Pheobe, Maureen always, Jenny and Laura, and all those who took part in conversations whilst researching.


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