The Knife Angel and Brick History

The Knife Angel is a thought provoking and very moving sculpture by Alfie Bradley. Made from more than 100,000 knives surrendered during amnesties throughout the UK, it is a national monument to victims of knife crime. It’s been in Hull for a few weeks as part of a national tour and was situated in The Rose Bowl area of Queen’s Gardens. We visited on a sunny Saturday afternoon.

The atmosphere around the sculpture was subdued and very respectful with many visitors reading the tributes written on parcel tags and tied to the barriers and almost everyone taking photographs from different angles. It left Hull on 4th March to move to the next stop in it’s tour and if you missed it…well that’s a real shame but here are some of the photographs I took. 

Afterwards, we visited The Ferens to see this year’s Open Exhibition. There are some lovely pieces and if I had money to spare, I’d love to own an original piece of art.

I enjoyed the exhibition so much that it galvanised me into action on the volunteering front and I booked an invigilation shift for the first Sunday morning in March. 

We then moved on to Brick History, a fantastic exhibition for children and adults alike. The models are of events, figures and inventions from world history and are all made from lego. Legoland in miniature if you like. From the first ever ‘talkie’ movie (The Jazz Singer), to mobile phones, a wonderful medieval castle, the fight of the suffragettes and many, many more it was fascinating. The only thing that slightly spoiled our enjoyments is that the History Centre foyer has a glass roof, and glass sides and even though it was only February, it was a sunny day and very hot in there. I certainly wouldn’t like to be visiting in the summer months. The photos aren’t very good but give an idea of what was on show.