A River Full Of Stories

Open Bridges: A River Full Of Stories

We have collected and recorded people’s memories of the River Hull, its bridges and the vessels which have used it over the years. With the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund, we are producing a film, exhibition, website and a book which has been to each library and museum in Hull and the East Riding, and is available from all UK libraries.

ARFOS Poster

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 stories and memories of their lives working on and around the river.  We wanted to capture these memories and stories and share them with future generations.


Thank you to everyone who has contributed to our ‘Open Bridges: A River Full Of Stories’ project. The book is available from all libraries and museums in Hull and the East Riding of Yorkshire from October 2019.

Visit the River Hull story blog posts by clicking here

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, met by 21st century tugs, to the sound of a new musique concrète work by composer John Stead.

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