Neville’s Ghosts

We’ve had two terrific Open Bridges River Hull memory sharing days at Hull Maritime Museum – full of enlightening, moving and fascinating stories. In between River tales Neville shared his ghost stories with us…have a listen…

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Who believes in ghosts? The Open Bridges River Hull memory sharing morning at Hull Maritime Museum last weekend was enlightening, moving and entertaining. In between stories of life on the River Hull former River Man Neville Pinder shared his ghost stories with us…

Neville made the Hull Daily Mail in 1958 with his rafting escapades on the River Hull when he was a boy. More about that soon…

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. With the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund, we will produce a film, exhibition, website and book.

Do you have memories about life on and around the River Hull over…

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Open Bridges Anniversary Event

It’s the first anniversary of our Open Bridges night on Saturday 22nd September, and we’d like to invite you to the first anniversary celebration.

Saturday 22nd September at Kardomah94, Alfred Gelder Street, Hull, HU1 2AN. Doors 7.30 pm, free entry, but please let us know if you are coming.

Celebrating Open Bridges, when for the first time in the city’s history all 13 of Hull’s bridges raised, swung or closed simultaneously splitting the city in two.

There will be a live quadraphonic performance of the Open Bridges music ‘Moments in Time’ by the composer John Stead to accompany the Open Bridges film, made by Humber Film Creative Community, the opening of the new exhibition, and the introduction of the next instalment of Open Bridges, ‘A River Full Of Stories’.

All welcome, free entry but please let us know if you are coming. Click here to contact us

Rich & Lou Duffy-Howard

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Open Bridges Anniversary and introduction to A River Full Of Stories

Saturday 22nd September at Kardomah94, Alfred Gelder Street, Hull, HU1 2AN. Doors 7.30 pm, free entry.

Celebrating Open Bridges, when for the first time in the city’s history all 13 of Hull’s bridges raised, swung or closed simultaneously splitting the city in two.

There will be a live quadraphonic performance of the Open Bridges music ‘Moments in Time’ by the composer John Stead to accompany the Open Bridges film, made by Humber Film Creative Community, the opening of the new exhibition, and the introduction of the next instalment of Open Bridges, ‘A River Full Of Stories’.

All welcome, free entry but please let us know if you are coming. Click here to contact us

Rich & Lou Duffy-Howard

Open Bridges Anniversary NightPrint

Open Bridges is an independent Hull/East Yorkshire based project

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Exploring the River at Eske

‘Open Bridges: A River Full Of Stories’ We continued our quest to explore the origins of the River Hull with a sweltering Sunday stroll by the deserted medieval village of Eske.

If you would like to share memories of life on and around the River Hull for ‘Open Bridges: A River Full Of Stories’ get in touch. Photos and details at the link.

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Open Bridges: A River Full Of Stories – gathering stories to preserve the heritage of the River Hull, its bridges and the people and vessels which have used it over the years.

The River Hull at Eske looking west The River Hull at Eske looking west

We continued our quest to explore the origins of the River Hull with a sweltering Sunday stroll. Heading north from Hull Bridge we followed the river along a beautiful stretch, past the deserted medieval village of Eske and as far as the lightning tree at the lake where the river makes an S bend through the fields.

North of Beverley where the river is at its most pastoral we flush meadow brown and green veined white butterflies from the grasses. Meadow-sweet, teasels and willow herb dot the hedges. The chattering of grasshoppers is only disturbed by a pair of yellow hammers calling to each other, ‘little-bit-of-bread-and-no-cheese.’ It is hot and peaceful. We…

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‘Stunning’ Open Bridges film showcase at Beverley Art Gallery

Very pleased that the Open Bridges film with musique concrete soundtrack will be screened at Beverley Art Gallery (in the Beverley Treasure House) from tomorrow. If you call into the gallery you can see it – and a whole galleryful of art – free of charge, normal opening times, late opening til 8pm Tues and Thurs.

Here’s the trailer:

Find out more at the link…

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Press release from East Riding of Yorkshire Council issued on behalf of Open Bridges: ‘Stunning’ Open Bridges film showcase at Beverley Art Gallery

A ‘stunning and unique’ film documenting the day Hull was split in two by the Open Bridges project will be screened in the Art Gallery at Beverley’s Treasure House this month.

The 20-minute film, which is free to view and open to the public in normal gallery hours, will be on continuous loop from Thursday, May 10th until mid-June as part of a new display.

Produced for Open Bridges by Humber Film, the film is a multi-camera aural and musical documentary showing how all 13 of Hull’s bridges were raised, swung or closed simultaneously for the first time at 20:17 hours on the autumnal equinox 2017, splitting the city in two during Hull City of Culture’s Freedom Season.

The project was a logistical and artistic…

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Open Bridges Exhibition Notes #1

Photos and observations from our day at the Open Bridges exhibition yesterday. There’s been a lot of questions about the “Engines and Insects” art photography part of the exhibition. The images follow the photographer Horst P Horst who first published the technique in Patterns from Nature in 1946. Rich created them digitally using basic darkroom techniques, not an app – the pictures are as hand made as they can be!

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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 special because it’s untouched and industrial” to “why do we name our city after a river we care so little about?” One of the team members who closed Myton Bridge to traffic on the Open Bridges night visited and said he’d met people on Myton when the city split in two who spoke emotionally of the importance and meaning the event had for them.

H.320 The Arctic Corsair

There’s been a lot of questions about the “Engines and Insects” art photography part of the exhibition. The images follow the photographer Horst P Horst who first published the technique in…

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Open Bridges Film and Exhibition

We are delighted with the launch of the Open Bridges film and exhibition yesterday, thanks to the whole team! It was a packed house at Kardomah94 to see the film and then over to Scale Lane Bridge for the opening for the exhibition. The Open Bridges film is made by Humber Film Creative Community and Octovision … Continue reading Open Bridges Film and Exhibition