Comrade and Scott Street Bridge by Syd Young.
Comrade and Scott Street Bridge by Syd Young.

River Hull exhibition to open at Hull Maritime Museum

A new exhibition to preserves and publicises the heritage of the River Hull, its bridges and vessels is to open at Hull Maritime Museum this month.

The Open Bridges: A River Full Of Stories exhibition is the result of a partnership that spent two years recording stories from people who have lived or worked on the river.

It has been made possible with money raised by National Lottery players and organised by the partnership which devised Open Bridges in 2017.

The memories and stories are part of a film and presentation book that will be given to every library and museum in Hull and the East Riding in autumn.

The exhibition at the Hull Maritime Museum features both Open Bridges and A River Full of Stories films on continuous loop. The original Open Bridges film, made by Humber Film Creative Community and selected by film festivals in the UK, Africa and Asia is a multi-camera aural and musical documentary, edited by Phillip Codd.

Open Bridges Syntan trip by Lou-Duffy Howard.

Open Bridges Syntan trip by Lou-Duffy Howard.

It features a musique concrete soundtrack by BAFTA-winning composer John Stead, composed using sounds of Hull bridge mechanisms and the surrounding environment that John recorded and manipulated to create a dynamic soundscape.

The 35-minute River Full of Stories films can be seen for the first time as part of the exhibition in Hull Maritime Museum as well as the original 20 minute Open Bridges film, screened again especially for the exhibition. Both films will be on continual loop throughout the exhibition.

The Hull: Yorkshire’s Maritime City project, funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Hull City Council, is supporting this exhibition.

Councillor Marjorie Brabazon, Chair of Hull Culture and Leisure, said, “Joining forces with projects and partners like A River Full of Stories is a great way of sharing broader maritime stories and enable visitors to discover more about Hull’s rich maritime history.”

The free exhibition will be open from Saturday 6 July until the end of September. The museum is open Monday to Saturday from 10am to 4.30pm and Sunday from 11am to 4pm.

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