Meander along the Headwaters of the Hull

Exploring the Sources of the River Hull Just where does the River Hull start? The Open Bridges exhibition inspired many discussions about its origins. We heard about places to explore the springs and streams – one couple spoke of the spring rising in their own back garden. So, our first outing for A River Full … Continue reading Meander along the Headwaters of the Hull


Comrade down the Hull

Saturday 20th April 2019 It was a beautiful day when the Humber keel Comrade sailed down the River Hull to spend the summer in the Marina. We had a great time talking to Bill Midgley in the Comrade at Beverley before the trip. Our friend the photographer Syd Young was cycling from Stoneferry to Scott … Continue reading Comrade down the Hull

Open Bridges: Scale Lane Bridge

Scale Lane is the latest bridge to span the river and connect the city. It became the focus of a number of events during Hull's City of Culture year: used as a musical instrument for Playing the Bridge -  an artistic commission and performance devised by bridge architect Jonathan McDowell and composer Nye Parry who are both … Continue reading Open Bridges: Scale Lane Bridge

Open Bridges: Sutton Road

This week's focus is on Sutton Road Bridge, built in 1939 by the Cleveland Bridge and Engineering Company with distinctive brick engine rooms. Our gallery of photographs of Sutton Road Bridge below was taken for Open Bridges. Click on an image to see the full picture and scroll through. Rich & Lou Duffy-Howard Open Bridges … Continue reading Open Bridges: Sutton Road

Open Bridges: from the MV Syntan 21.07.2017

We travelled on the Syntan down the Hull at four knots from Grovehill Wharf in Beverley to Hull Marina on a blustery summers day. We were timing distances between bridges for the Open Bridges event in the September. We documented the journey in five stages. You can click on the links below to see each … Continue reading Open Bridges: from the MV Syntan 21.07.2017

The River Hull 1977-85 by Peter Marshall

Researching the Foredyke Stream we stumbled on an image of the Foredyke Path which in turn led us to the wonderful photography of Peter Marshall. Peter posted a photograph of Hull a day during Hull's City of Culture year and last year Cafe Royal Books published The River Hull 1977-85. Cafe Royal produces beautiful limited … Continue reading The River Hull 1977-85 by Peter Marshall

The River in 2018

Thanks to everyone who's been in touch and visited the website as The River Full Of Stories project has developed through 2018. In the last few weeks we've published a lot of archive material about the river - and there's more to come in 2019 - but we thought we'd take this opportunity to share … Continue reading The River in 2018

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

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

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

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

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