Humber Bridge Awarded Heritage Lottery Funding

The stories of people whose lives have been shaped by the Humber Bridge are to be captured in a new project.

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), will involve recruiting volunteers to talks to residents, architects, engineers, labourers and management to capture experiences and feelings about the bridge. There will also be events, workshops, a travelling exhibition and, ultimately, a festival. The project will be led by a part-time project manager and guided by a steering group.

Dr Kevin Moore, Humber Bridge Chief Executive, says: “This is an oral history project that has volunteering and community involvement at its heart. We want to create a searchable digital archive based on the story of the Humber Bridge. Little or none of this heritage has been captured so we need to start. We’re looking at untold stories such as the role of women in the planning and construction of the bridge, the changing local landscape, and the effect on local trade and industry.”

David Renwick, Head of the Heritage Lottery Fund, Yorkshire and the Humber, said: “Thanks to National Lottery players, this exciting project will allow local people to gather and explore the history of this iconic landmark, and the impact it has had on the surrounding communities.”

The project also aims to launch a heritage volunteers programme to train local people in developing event management and marketing skills, as well as to continue working on this archive. Anyone interested in becoming involved can register at mail@humberbridge.co.uk or call 01482 647161.






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