The full film can still be seen as part of the exhibition at Hull Maritime Museum until the end of the year. Together with the original Open Bridges film, they are on continual loop during normal opening hours, free entry to the museum.
Have a look at the three minute trailer here:
Film by Humber Film Creative Community for Open Bridges filmed by by Phillip Codd and edited by Phil Codd and Lou Duffy-Howard.
The River Full of Stories book (available from UK libraries) is brimming with memories, stories, anecdotes and over 200 beautiful photographs of life on the River Hull. All sorts of tales of working life, skills, dangers, mishaps and side lines, family life, women’s tales of families growing up on barges on the river and leisure time on the river since the 1930s. There are fascinating contribution from dozens of Hull people, river workers, artists and photographers.
“The book is utterly fabulous, a real artefact and a joy to behold. Such images, such production standards – a fitting record of a great project.” Nial Adams, East Riding of Yorkshire Museums Manager
“I would like to thank you on behalf of the Society and myself. It is clearly a labour of love and the quality is outstanding. A real credit to Rich and yourself and a publication I will be discussing with people I meet. You have done a really fantastic job.” Mike Hussey, United Towage and Salvage Society
“Congratulations on an incredibly well realised project.” Graeme Oxby, senior lecturer in photography, University of Lincoln
“A fantastic achievement and a wonderful record of a significant part of our city’s history. Thank you again for the commitment and enthusiasm you’ve given over the past few years culminating in this beautiful artefact.” Photographer Richard Young
“Brilliant book launch, amazed by all the people who attended, each one involved with the story. It was good to meet up again with everyone on this amazing journey of the river that entwined all our lives. Massive thanks Rich and Lou for making it happen. Unforgettable.”
“So many happy faces at the book launch. I loved being part of the journey and meeting so many river folk old and new. I would like to say a huge thank you to Rich and Lou for your vision and dedication to making it happen. I will treasure my book always.” Janet Anderson, contributor
“It’s not only a beautiful book to look at, it’s full of surprises. The ship to shore transcript of the vessels manoeuvring as the City split in two, is an unexpected riveting read. This is a marvellous book, everyone should be proud of just what an achievement it is for the people and history of Hull.” Photographer, David Morris
“Pleasure to have played a very small part in this. Available in all good local libraries from next week, features over 200 River Hull-related images included many re-mastered photographs from the HDM archives.” Angus Young senior journalist Hull Daily Mail
“A brilliant achievement and a fantastic book. Interesting to read and beautiful to look at.” Phillip Codd, film maker
“Thank you Lou and Rich, I will treasure this book forever. Alison Bateman, contributor
“The book is amazing, really well written, lots of great memories from on & around the river.. Very well done to all concerned for the hard work that has clearly gone into everything from Open Bridges to this wonderful end result. A fantastic achievement which will never be forgotten.” Varenka Allam
“Beautiful book, you’ve done Hull proud.” David Todd
“At every inch of the way I have loved what you have done with the Open Bridges projects from your first discussions through to where you are now. I don’t really have the words say how much it all means to both yourselves and others. Brilliant is too understated. It is truly wonderful what you have done. I expected a quality book but this surpasses my expectations. I almost feel I should be wearing cotton gloves when reading it! The range of information, photos, storytelling is sublime.” Dave Tuck, contributor
“Well done to all who got behind this wonderful project, congratulations Rich and Lou for celebrating our city, your passion, dedication and enthusiasm for telling the story of our great river will leave people drunk with joy.” George Norris
“The book itself is very absorbing book – to just sit and turn the pages is a delight. There’s a timeless quality there.” Artist, Gary Saunt,
The Exhibition and Films The free exhibition showcasing both the films made for Open Bridges and A River Full of Stories are on display at Hull Maritime Museum until the end of 2019. The museum is open Monday – Saturday, 10am – 4.30pm, and Sunday, 11am – 4pm.
Open Bridges made history when for the first, and only time, all 13 of the bridges over the River Hull raised, swung or closed simultaneously splitting the city of Hull in two at 20:17 hours on the autumn equinox, 22nd September 2017.
Open Bridges is an independent not for profit Hull/East Yorkshire based project.
Rich & Lou Duffy-Howard