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How the Humber Changed Our World



On BBC East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire at 3.05pm, Sunday afternoon, 15 January – and hopefully on the BBC iplayer afterwards – a new programme charts the influence of the mighty Humber on the region and Britain’s industrial heritage.

Through tragedy, adventure and hardship, How the Humber Changed Our World brings memories of local people to light. It looks at how the Humber ports and the fishing industry defined the lives of generations of families on both sides of the river.
The production team contacted us last year as we went to press on Distant Water and we were pleased to point them in the direction of some of the people we'd spoken to for our heritage projects. I’ll be joining BBC Radio Humberside at Grimsby’s Fishing Heritage Centre on Monday morning from 9am as part of a follow-up discussion to talk about the programme, the docks, the river, the fishing industry and what the future might hold.


I may also slip in a plug for The Women They Left Behind and Distant Water. When we were researching and writing the books, we felt strongly that we had a responsibility to give working people an opportunity to make sense of their own experiences and in doing so, give them a voice. In bringing their memories together, we were able to create a greater understanding of Grimsby, the Humber and its history, as well as telling the story of the industry which, for 150 years, was the measure of the Grimsby’s success. How the Humber Changed Our World carries the story to our TV screens.

Distant Water and The Women They Left Behind are available from Amazon and local bookshops.



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