Hull on Film: Tales From A City Exhibition (2018) by Yorkshire Film ArchiveYorkshire Film Archive
Saxilby with bargeYorkshire Film Archive
Kitty told us that, from the age of 12, she would often wake up in the middle of the night and join her father on a trip aboard his barge the ‘Nar’.
They would load up the barge with 40 tons of wheat and Kitty's bicycle. Together they would sail up the estuary, down the Trent and the Fosse Dyke, to the mills at Gainsborough and Saxilby. When tired out, Kitty would head for the hold, where she would curl up to sleep on the sacks.
Kitty Shackleton - The Bargeman's Daughter (2018) by Yorkshire Film ArchiveYorkshire Film Archive
Kitty with her family (1952)Yorkshire Film Archive
Right to left: Kitty’s Father Captain Jim Richardson, brother Jim, Mother Lily, elder sister Silvie, younger sister Rosemary sat at the front, Kitty on the deck chair and Silvie’s friend Rita.
Kitty Shackleton on her bike (1954)Yorkshire Film Archive
Kitty aged 14. She regularly cycled to Withernsea and Hornsea on Sundays.
Captain Jim Richardson on his motor scooter (1952)Yorkshire Film Archive
Captain Jim Richardson and his son, also called Jim.
Captain Jim RichardsonYorkshire Film Archive
Jim Richardson, Kitty’s father, was captain of the ‘Nar’. He lost an eye fighting in the Army during the Second World War, and on returning to Hull was sometimes known as Captain One-Eyed Jim Richardson.
Work on the barge could also be hazardous; on one occasion an unfortunate incident with the wire tow rope severed Jim’s finger clean off.
Captain Jim Richardson on the Thames (1950)Yorkshire Film Archive
Clarence Flour MillsYorkshire Film Archive
Clarence Mills owned by J. Arthur Rank where the Nar was loaded with wheat and barley.
We are indebted to the Heritage Lottery Fund for supporting our work to preserve these films and make them accessible for future generations. The research has been extensive and this exhibition contains only some of the stories we have discovered. To see further films visit www.yorkshirefilmarchive.com
It is not possible to list everyone who has helped with this project – we are hugely grateful for the generosity of responses we have received, from families, historians and volunteers. In particular we would like to thank:
Kitty Shackleton, Val Baxter, Jonathan Barker, Tom Goulder, Malcolm Dunn, Daniel Morgan, Dr. David Marchant and the East Riding of Yorkshire Museum Service.
Curator: Martin Watts, Hull on Film
Editor: Andy Burns, Yorkshire Film Archive
Writer: Ruth Patman Yorkshire Film Archive
Archivist: Megan McCooley, Yorkshire Film Archive