Memories of the River Hull

Thank you to everyone who has responded to our call out and joined our memory sharing sessions at Hull Maritime Museum, or on board the barges. All summer we have been listening to people’s fascinating stories of living and working on the River Hull over the years. We have been filming and recording so that the memories are not lost, but are there for that future generations to find out about this remarkable, and often overlooked part of Hull, it’s history and culture. We have been lucky enough to acquire some superb photographs of the River including a collection from the Hull Daily Mail. But it is the real stories from the people that bring them to life. We are now digitising the photos, transcribing the audio, editing the films and preparing the stories for a book, film and exhibition. In the meantime here is a collection of some enchanting stories. Scroll down the page and click on the text under a picture below to visit the story page. The header photograph above is by photographer David Morris from his 1971 collection The River We Once Knew.

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.  A River Full Of Stories captures memories and stories to share with future generations through film, exhibition, website and a book for each library and museum in Hull and the East Riding of Yorkshire. We’ve been collecting stories throughout July – October 2018 and are now preparing the River Full Of Stories film, exhibition and book. Click on the pictures to read the first stories…

Thank you to the River Full Of Stories team, Russ Litten, Phil Codd and Humber Film, Andy Richardson and to Beverley Barge Preservation Society, Historic Motor and Sail, Hull Maritime Museum and the Beverley Treasure House.

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

Rich & Lou Duffy-Howard

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