River Hull Archive #5 1960

Open Bridges A River Full Of Stories, River Hull archive photographs #5 1960

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River Hull Archive #4 1950-1959

Open Bridges A River Full Of Stories, River Hull archive photographs #3 1950-1959

Open Bridges: Wilmington

As part of Open Bridges we recorded the working movements of many of the bridges. There were many images that we didn't use then as part of the project, but would like to share now. These photographs were taken when we visited Wilmington bridge on 19th June last year and show the working mechanism of … Continue reading Open Bridges: Wilmington

Memories of the River Hull

Thank you to everyone who has responded to our call out and joined our memory sharing sessions at Hull Maritime Museum, or on board the barges. All summer we have been listening to people's fascinating stories of living and working on the River Hull over the years. We have been filming and recording so that … Continue reading Memories of the River Hull

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

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!”

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

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

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 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