A River Full Of Stories

Open Bridges: A River Full Of Stories

We are delighted to introduce our new Open Bridges initiative. ‘Open Bridges: A River Full Of Stories’. We are collecting and recording 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 will produce a film, exhibition, website and a book which will be given to each library and museum in Hull and the East Riding.

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.

We’ve been collecting stories throughout June – October 2018 and are now preparing the River Full Of Stories film, exhibition and book.

Find out more about it on the TV clip here:

Find out about our exploration of the source of the River Hull by clicking here

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.