A River Full of Stories is getting a great response from the libraries. The book has been a labour of love to produce so we are delighted to find out how popular it is. There is still a chance to see the exhibition and films at Hull Maritime Museum this year, and we have news of future exhibitions coming up in the new year. Keep an eye on the website for details. And in the meantime, the book is available to borrow from Hull Libraries, East Riding Libraries, Museums & Archives, Hull History Centre, The Leeds Library, The British Library and to order from all UK libraries.
Some responses to the book so far…
“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,
MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Click here to see a lovely set of photos of everyone at the book launch
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.
Thanks to a great all Hull team: author Russ Litten and heritage researcher Andy Richardson of Freetownway Productions; film makers Philip Codd, Alex Davies and Humber Film Creative Community; Mike Sison & G.F.Smith; Dave Cosway & everyone at Wyke Printers and graphic designer Martin Lewsley of Atomluft Graphic Design.
And thanks to our sponsors: the National Heritage Lottery Fund; Hull: Yorkshire’s Maritime City; Kingstown Works Limited (KWL); Hull City Council and the Sir James Reckitt Charity.
Rich & Lou