The River We Once Knew – David Morris

Rich & I had already admired David Morris's beautiful photographs of the River Hull, taken in 1971 when we were lucky enough to meet him at the opening of the Hull International Photography Festival where we both had River Hull related exhibitions, ours 'Open Bridges Engines and Insects', and David's 'The River We Once Knew'. … Continue reading The River We Once Knew – David Morris

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Short Films of Barge Life Memories

Open Bridges: A River Full Of Stories: Compilation of new short films of Glyn Holt, Karen Walker and Linda Bragg (both nee Hubbard), Tom Fry, Keith Eastwood, Trevor Branton, Victor Shirtliff, Geoffrey Shipman and Ken Knox in conversation with Russ Litten about life working and living on the River Hull. Click on the video to … Continue reading Short Films of Barge Life Memories

Allan Lister – Leaks on Board

More fascinating tales from the River Full Of Stories sessions chatting about days gone by working and living on the River Hull. Here’s a great snippet from our day on MV Syntan earlier this month, Allan Lister in conversation with Andy Richardson. Filmed in September 2018 by Humber Film Creative Community for Open Bridges Hull. The … Continue reading Allan Lister – Leaks on Board

“Barges!”

The Open Bridges: A River Full Of Stories memory sharing days on the river and at Hull Maritime Museum have been full of fascinating conversations about days gone by working and living on the River Hull. We have learned about evocative, moving and entertaining memories from tales of using highly skilled local knowledge to navigate … Continue reading “Barges!”

Barge trip down the Hull

"It's like riding a bike, you never forget" Friday 19th October, a glorious autumn day, perfect for a trip down the River Hull on the MV Syntan with a terrific group of people who have shared enchanting memories of life working and living on the River Hull  for Open Bridges: A River Full Of Stories. … Continue reading Barge trip down the Hull

John Whittles on the MV Syntan

The Open Bridges: A River Full Of Stories memory sharing days on the river and at Hull Maritime Museum have been terrific, with fascinating conversations about days gone by working and living on the River Hull. Here’s a clip from our visit to the MV Syntan restored barge earlier this month, John Whittles in conversation … Continue reading John Whittles on the MV Syntan

Raft Boy Escapes Killer Tide

More short films from A River Full Of Stories fascinating conversations about days gone by working and living on the River Hull. Here’s Neville 'Killer'' Pinder in conversation with Russ Litten at Hull Maritime Museum talking about when he made the Hull Daily Mail in 1958 Filmed in September 2018 by Humber Film Creative Community … Continue reading Raft Boy Escapes Killer Tide

HMS Southampton Reform Ship

Who knew about the reform ship for boys committed by magistrates anchored off Sammy's Point? Hear about the HMS Southampton which opened as a reform school in the mid 19th century in this short film from the Hull Maritime Museum reminiscing days earlier this month, Edward Moore and Ann Smith in conversation with Russ Litten. … Continue reading HMS Southampton Reform Ship

Meander along the River by Paul Whitney

Meander along the River by Paul Whitney "….My thoughts viewing the river Humber today. It can look romantic as yachts at full sails cut their way through glistening waters, sometimes those waters are so still that the river sparkles like a chestful of diamonds. However, those of you who can cast their minds back to … Continue reading Meander along the River by Paul Whitney

River Stories – John Dean

It was great to welcome John Dean of Dean's Marine to The Open Bridges: A River Full Of Stories memory sharing days on the river and at Hull Maritime Museum. There were fascinating conversations all day.  Here's a short section of film from earlier this month, John in conversation with Andy Richardson. Filmed in September … Continue reading River Stories – John Dean

Open Bridges exhibition at Hull International Photography Festival

The Open Bridges: Engines and Insects exhibition is now open at Hull Intentional Photography Festival - HIP Fest - in Princes Quay Shopping Centre, Hull. It's on the main entrance corridor until October 28th, free entry to the Open Bridges element of the festival. The Engines and Insects exhibition is part of Open Bridges, a growing series of … Continue reading Open Bridges exhibition at Hull International Photography Festival

Remarkable Collection of River Hull Photographs

Last week we were delighted to collect an amazing big file of historical photographs of the River Hull for Open Bridges: A River Full Of Stories.  Thanks to Angus Young of the Hull Daily Mail who has contributed the Mail's archive of River Hull photos to the project. The pictures range from the turn of … Continue reading Remarkable Collection of River Hull Photographs

“It’s in the blood”

Family Life on the Barges It was especially fascinating to hear about the women's and children's stories of life on the River Hull. Janet's family - the Websters - have been connected to the River Hull for over 250 years.  One of ten children, the oldest four were all brought up on a barge before they … Continue reading “It’s in the blood”

The life of a Lighterman

The Open Bridges: A River Full Of Stories memory sharing days on the river and at Hull Maritime Museum have been terrific, with fascinating conversations about days gone by working and living on the River Hull. Here's former lighterman Keith Eastwood in conversation with Russ Litten. Filmed in September 2018 by Humber Film Creative Community … Continue reading The life of a Lighterman

Rugby on Board

The Open Bridges: A River Full Of Stories memory sharing days on the river and at Hull Maritime Museum have been amazing, with fascinating conversations about days gone by working and living on the River Hull. We have learned about evocative, moving and entertaining memories from tales of using highly skilled local knowledge to navigate … Continue reading Rugby on Board

Open Bridges, the next chapter

Thank you to everyone who came to join us for the Open Bridges first anniversary evening and launch of A River Full Of Stories last night. Rich & I spent the afternoon hanging the first installment of the new A River Full Of Stories exhibition with the original Open Bridges exhibition in the theatre at … Continue reading Open Bridges, the next chapter

Open Bridges Radio Transcript

Open Bridges objectives were to celebrate the River Hull and explore the meaning of freedom by splitting the city in two, momentarily denying the freedom of movement east and west across the city, by raising and closing all 13 bridges over the River Hull simultaneously for the first and only time in the city’s history. … Continue reading Open Bridges Radio Transcript

Open Bridges First Anniversary

Stop Press: 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 Hull: “A truly memorable evening when we all worked together … Continue reading Open Bridges First Anniversary

Days of Innocence by Dave Tuck

In the last few days I have revisited where I grew up. This was the Welwyn Park Avenue area in North Hull. As a child we had the tenfoots, fields, woods and river as our playgrounds. We also had Haworth Hall as a backdrop. It was truly days of innocence. I was born in 1944 … Continue reading Days of Innocence by Dave Tuck