River Hull Archive #2 1901-1939

Open Bridges A River Full Of Stories, River Hull archive photographs #2 1901-1939


River Hull Archive #1 1830-1900

Open Bridges A River Full Of Stories, River Hull archive photographs #1 1830-1900

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

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

Open Bridges Anniversary Event

Open Bridges Anniversary and launch of A River Full Of Stories Saturday 22nd September at Kardomah94, Alfred Gelder Street, Hull, HU1 2AN. Doors 7.30 pm, free entry. Come and join us celebrating the first anniversary of Open Bridges Anniversary & the launch of the new project Open Bridges: A River Full Of Stories. There will … Continue reading Open Bridges Anniversary Event

The Puzzle of Cargills

Very pleased to see Richard's photograph of Cargill's taken from the MV Syntan for Open Bridges Hull in the Observer photography section chosen for last weekend's 'Complex' theme. The photograph is from the Open Bridges “Engines and Insects” art photography part of the exhibition. The images follow the photographer Horst P Horst who first published the technique … Continue reading The Puzzle of Cargills

Open Bridges Film at Hull Folk Festival

You can see the award winning Open Bridges film on board the Motor Barge Syntan during Hull Folk and Maritime Festival, on 28th and 29th July 2018. The historic and beautifully restored Syntan will be moored in Hull Marina for the festival. There is folk music galore all weekend at the festival, head along to … Continue reading Open Bridges Film at Hull Folk Festival

Open Bridges Film at Nottingham Film Festival

Thanks to everyone who voted for the Open Bridges film trailer. We are very pleased to say it has now been selected from over 1,000 submissions from around the world, and will be shown at the 2018 Bulwell Arts Festival on Sunday 8th July where the overall winners will be chosen. It's open to the … Continue reading Open Bridges Film at Nottingham Film Festival

Thanks Everyone!

The Open Bridges exhibition had its last day inside Scale Lane Bridge before we finalise its next home. We've been open every Saturday in January and February and welcomed 2000 visitors.Thanks to James Hoggarth and Sally Fairfax for inviting us to BBC Radio Humberside this morning to talk about the project and exhibition. Lots of … Continue reading Thanks Everyone!

Hull Tidal Barrier Takes Flight

This is a view of Hull Tidal Barrier never seen before, the latest of Rich's 'Engines and Insects' photographic images for Open Bridges. Rich took the original photograph of the underside of the Tidal Barrier from the deck of the MV Syntan as they sailed down the river for the Open Bridges test run. The images … Continue reading Hull Tidal Barrier Takes Flight

Unravelling Banksy

Cool to see this post in Graffiti Street, international urban art website, unravelling the Banksy artwork in Hull. Click to read the feature: The Open Bridges public exhibition opened inside Scale Lane Bridge and welcomed 2000 visitors on Saturdays early in 2018. As the Open Bridges exhibition was coming to a close a new street … Continue reading Unravelling Banksy

Bridge Exhibition Notes #1

We’ve had many visitors to the Open Bridges exhibition at Scale Lane Bridge and many fascinating conversations with local people who’ve worked the river for years as well as  visitors from out of town. One of the recurring themes is the importance and the beauty of the river Hull from different perspectives such as "it’s … Continue reading Bridge Exhibition Notes #1

Open Bridges Exhibition Extended to Saturdays in February

Due to popular demand the Open Bridges exhibition at Scale Lane Bridge is extended to Saturdays during February (3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th) 11.00 am to 3.00 pm. Free entry. All welcome, come and have a look round. The exhibition covers all elements of Open Bridges and art photography exhibition of Open Bridges images inspired by Horst … Continue reading Open Bridges Exhibition Extended to Saturdays in February

Film Night on board Spider T

We had a magical evening at the first Open Bridges film night on board the splendid Super Sloop Spider T last night. Rich & I met up with honoured guest Her Majesty's Lord Lieutenant for the East Riding of Yorkshire to view the Open Bridges exhibition at Scale Lane Bridge. Following the exhibition viewing we made … Continue reading Film Night on board Spider T

‘Open Bridges’ Interview with Rich and Lou Duffy Howard

Thanks to @ameliainhull for this write up of Open Bridges, ‘an insight to the crazy but amazing night when the city of Hull split in two for the first time’. Check out Amelia’s eloquent blog. She’s been to loads of events and I love reading her genuine and charming descriptions which tell the story as it is.

Amelia in Hull

Hey guys!! This is my third post that links in with the ‘Open Bridges’ event which happened originally back in September. Lou and Rich Duffy Howard, the creators of the event, have very kindly agreed to be interviewed for my blog so a massive thank you to both of them. Hopefully, after reading this post, you will have even more insight to the origin of the ‘Open Bridges’ event and you will have got to know Lou and Rich a bit better. You can read my previous posts about ‘Open Bridges’ eventhereandhereand you can check out Rich and Lou’s bloghere.


  • HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH THE CONCEPT FOR THE ‘OPEN BRIDGES’ EVENT? Rich: Lou and I were having a conversation about freedom and the Freedom Festival, Brexit and freedom of movement and how you can’t understand…

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Radio Transcript

We're half way through the Open Bridges exhibition Saturdays inside Hull's Scale Lane Bridge, and it's been another great day with a continual flow of visitors and some fascinating conversations. The panel depicting the transcript of the conversations from ship to shore, bridge operators and event control on the night as the city was split … Continue reading Radio Transcript

All Welcome to the Exhibition

Open Bridges First Saturday Exhibition  Great first Saturday of the Open Bridges exhibition inside Scale Lane Bridge today. We had a continual flow of people looking round all day, many of whom said they came along because they heard us on BBC Radio Humberside this morning, so thanks to James Hoggarth and Sally Fairfax for … Continue reading All Welcome to the Exhibition

‘Open Bridges’ Film and Exhibition by Amelia in Hull

Thanks to Amelia Grace aka Amelia in Hull for her fab review of the Open Bridges film and exhibition launch. Have a look and a click round Amelia’s excellent blog while you’re there.

The exhibition is open to the public inside Hull’s Scale Lane Bridge, free entry on Saturdays during January (6th, 13th, 20th and 27th) 11.00 am to 3.00 pm. We’ll be there, come and have a look round and say hello.

Amelia in Hull

Hey guys!! Back in September, you may recall that I wrote a post aboutHull’s ‘Open Bridges’ eventwhere all the bridges that connect East and West Hull, opened to allow 3 vessels that represented 3 centuries through (HMS Pickle, Humber Keel Comrade and MV Syntan). This was a truly spectacular experience because Hull is a city that has the most bridges over the length of a navigable river and it was lovely to see these bridges celebrated for how they bring the city together. Several months on from that, the creator’s of Hull’s ‘Open Bridges’ event Rich and Lou Duffy-Howard invited me to the premiere of the ‘Open Bridges’ Video and Exhibition that further show the concept of freedom that the event explored and the amazing team of people that came together to make the event possible. The event was a really enjoyable experience and it taught me a…

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