Joseph Rank image courtesy of Joseph Rank Trust

Other images courtesy of Hull City Council Museum Service



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Freedom of the City of Hull


Joseph Rank built up a multi-million pound business empire in his life time which he handed onto his sons who went on to expand into other areas of business i.e. Rank films and cinemas.


Interestingly, Joseph Rank was offered many honours for his charitable work but accepted only one – the Freedom of his birth city, HULL.


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Exhibition at Streetlife Museum Hull


If you would like to know more about Joseph Rank, the “Mightly Miller” please visit the Streetlife Museum in Hull’s museum quarter. A new exhibition was opened in April 2013 and can be found on the first floor overlooking the old Ranks’ mill. Check opening times on

The Joseph Rank Benevolent Fund

Registered Charity No. 225318