Woolly Zoo at Hull History Centre

Animals have taken over at Hull History Centre in a woolly tribute to the city’s old zoological gardens. One of Hull’s most exotic historical attractions has been recreated by the city’s knitters. In 1861, the city’s hugely popular Spring Bank Zoological Gardens, which featured an impressive collection of animals including elephants, lions, tigers and polar bears, closed to the public. Now, a century and a half later, Hull History Centre has recreated the lost attraction after staff and members of the public knitted and crocheted animals of all sizes, from a 6cm goat to a 6ft giraffe.