City libraries to video people’s untold stories of Hull

As part of Hull 2017, we've teamed up with four Hull libraries to capture on video people’s untold stories of what it means to be ‘Made in Hull’.

The stories will be recorded on an interactive video pod that will be installed at each of the libraries throughout February and March. It is hoped that hundreds of people will share their stories to create a rich insight into life in the city.

People of all ages and backgrounds are  invited to use the video pods, free of charge, to share their special memories of what it means to be a Hullensian. The recordings will also be able to be viewed by the general public who are curious to listen to other people’s reflections about the city.

We have set up the initiative to support Hull UK City of Culture’s ‘Made in Hull’ season. As a Principal Partner of Hull 2017, we will also shine a light on our role and how water has helped define the city.

To encourage people to tell their untold stories, one person will get the chance to re-tell their story again in front of a professional film crew.
Shot on location in Hull, they will receive a finished copy of the film they can show friends and family and a meal for two at a top restaurant in Hull.

Duncan Macintyre, Project Advisor at Yorkshire Water for Hull 2017 City of Culture, said: “For us, libraries are cultural hubs and we wanted to recognise the importance of these spaces as places to bring people together and learn about the city. We hope lots of people take the chance to record their stories so that they can be preserved for future generations to enjoy as a fascinating snapshot of Hull’s social history. We want real stories from real people that shine a light on Hull's unique identity.”

The stories can be about anything – such as your favourite place in Hull, reminiscing on memories from the past, or special relationships with people you have forged in the city. The only requirement is that the stories are linked to the city and are no longer than one to two minutes in duration.

To record your story, the video pod will be visiting the following libraries:

Bransholme library from Monday 13th to Saturday 25th February

Ings library from Monday 27th February to Saturday 11st March

Avenues library from Monday 13th March to Saturday 25th March

Central library from 27th March to later this year.

Martin Green, CEO and Director Hull 2017 said: "This is a fabulous idea and what this important year for Hull is all about. Made in Hull is about capturing the characters and stories of this city, but the year is also about getting people across the city involved, which our Principal Partner Yorkshire Water are doing brilliantly, working with libraries around Hull."

Our story and links to the city go back hundreds of years, as water courses and sewers were established to ensure hygiene, sanitation and clean water supply. Springhead pumping station in Willerby, opened in 1862, is an example of Victorian water infrastructure recently renovated to restore it to former glory. It is still used today and supplies a third of daily water supply to Hull and East Riding.

We have also recently completed a £16m refurbishment of Bransholme pumping station to reduce the risk of flooding for 15,000 homes in the area.