John Whittles on the MV Syntan

The Open Bridges: A River Full Of Stories memory sharing days on the river and at Hull Maritime Museum have been terrific, with fascinating conversations about days gone by working and living on the River Hull.

Here’s a clip from our visit to the MV Syntan restored barge earlier this month, John Whittles in conversation with Andy Richardson.

Filmed in September 2018 by Humber Film Creative Community for Open Bridges Hull.

Gallery of Rich’s photos taken on the MV Syntan for the Open Bridges trial run. Click on an image to see the full picture and scroll through…

The MV Syntan, a former working barge, originally built in 1949 and owned by Richard Hodgson’s Tannery has been carefully renovated after being laid up for 20 years. The Syntan is now a heritage centre. Find out more about the beautifully restored working barge MV Syntan on the Beverley Barge Preservation Society website here.

The idea for A River Full Of Stories came about when many of the 2000 visitors to the Open Bridges exhibition inside Scale Lane Bridge told us fascinating tales of their lives working on and around the river.  We’ve been collecting stories throughout July – September 2018 and are now preparing the River Full Of Stories film, exhibition and book. We’ll keep the website blog up to date with stories and memories as we go along.

Rich & Lou Duffy-Howard

Open Bridges made history when for the first time all 13 of the bridges over the River Hull in the UK’s City of Culture 2017 raised, swung or closed simultaneously splitting the city of Hull in two at 20:17 hours on 22nd September 2017.  Historic vessels sailed down the River to be met by 21st century tugs.

Open Bridges is an independent Hull/East Yorkshire based project.

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