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  • Venue
  • Credits


Dan Billany: Teacher, Writer, War Hero

A teacher, novelist, and soldier in WWII, Dan Billany went missing after being released from a POW camp in Italy in 1943. His fate remains unknown to this day. Born on 14 November 1913 into a working-class family in the Hessle Road area, Dan gained a degree in English from Hull University. He published his first novel at the age of 27 and was acclaimed by poet T.S. Eliot. After teaching for two years he joined the East Yorkshire Regiment and in 1942 was captured by Rommel’s forces in North Africa. While a prisoner of war, he wrote The Trap, which was lauded by historian Ken Wolpole, as “the finest novel to come out of the war.”

This exhibition launches with a lecture by Dr. Paul Skrebels from University of New South Wales on 28 February at 6pm.

The Dan Billany: Teacher, Writer, War Hero exhibit explores Billany as an inspiring teacher, distinguished author and brave soldier – one of Hull’s unsung heroes.


Event Type

  • Family Friendly




Worship Street
01482 317500


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Venue Access

  • Accessible Information Points
  • Accessible Toilets
  • Assistance Dogs
  • Baby Changing
  • Blue-Badge Parking
  • Hearing Loop
  • Level Access
  • Wheelchair Access

Opening times

Monday Closed
Tuesday 9.30am – 5.30pm
Wednesday 9.30am – 5.30pm
Thursday 9.30am – 5.30pm
Friday 9.30am – 5.30pm
Saturday Varies
Sunday Closed

Creative Credits

With thanks to Guest Lecturer Dr Paul Skrebels of the University of New South Wales.

Exhibition curated by Dr Catherine Wynne and Dr Jennie Chapman of the University of Hull.