The stories of the Humber Bridge, from construction through to the Queen’s official opening in 1981, are being captured in a new project in 2018, with support from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Hidden Histories of the Humber Bridge aims to focus on and share the impact of building the iconic, Grade 1 listed structure and its place within communities across the Humber region. The ultimate goal is to create an online archive, which will be fully accessible. The project, which has been awarded £65,700 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), involves recruiting volunteers to talk to residents, architects, engineers, labourers and management to capture experiences and feelings about the bridge.
What is hidden histories?
Hidden histories are a collection of personal memories from members of the public with the bridge as a backdrop or reference point. We are seeking out recollections that demonstrate a clear human connection to the Humber Bridge. They should be the types of stories that can’t be found in the public domain.
How can I support Hidden Histories?
If you have a recollection that you would be willing to share – we are looking to hear from you. We have already collected memories of loss and gains both economically and socially from the Bridge being built. It is these stories we wish to hear about. Did you work on the bridge during the construction and what was the experience like? Did you use the Ferry before it was built and met your best friend? Did you meet your husband while walking the bridge on a Sunday afternoon? We want the oral history of the bridge to be understood not because of the magnitude of the structure but because of the impact it had on people’s lives.
What is the role of the volunteers?
We are looking for people to join our team and collect the stories, memorabilia and personal anecdotes about the bridge. If you’re passionate about the Humber Bridge and would like to help us – please email submit an application absolutely cultured here
To submit a story – please complete the below form.