We worked with several filmmakers to create a series of short films exploring different aspects of the Living Memory Project.

Lauren Hatchard and Olivia James made two beautifully crafted films, their first is the magical Love By Chance which beautifully captures part of the life story of Gary and Dorothy Watton alongside some of their photographs. Their second is Raised by Canals is a rich story of the Will King photography collection as told by his daughter Ruth.

Keith Bloomfield from Reel Access worked with poet Brendan Hawthorne to make the fabulous From Blue Bricks to Blue Plaque with staff and pupils from Joseph Turner Primary School, Tipton.

We have also produced two short vignettes - one of Keith Hodgkins and an additional one of Ruth Collins.

All these films are viewable below.

Coming later in 2020:

Filmmaker Holly Wilkinson is busy making a film about the Living Memory Project which due to the Covid-19 virus has been delayed until later in 2020. This film will tell the story of what we are doing and why, and will feature interviews with participants, a peek at some of our events, workshops and exhibitions.

Our project-lead Geoff Broadway is making a film about the arts' programme which features 11 artists who are developing new work with partner organisations and local communities across the region. This film is also delayed due to Covid-19 virus but we anticipate it will be finished by the end of summer 2020.

Raised by Canals

A film by Lauren Hatchard and Olivia James commissioned by the Living Memory Project.

Raised by Canals chronicles the life and memories of Ruth Collins, who was born in a toll house in 1939. Her story is intertwined with the iconic black and white images of canals from the photography collection created by her father Will King between 1930 and 1960.  Read more..

Love By Chance

A film by Lauren Hatchard and Olivia James commissioned by the Living Memory Project.

Love by Chance tells the story of Gary and Dorothy Watton who share the story of how they met at Chances Bros Ltd in Smethwick in 1956. Read more..

Blue Bricks to Blue Plaque

Blue Bricks to Blue Plaque is s a school-based project led by local poet and performer Brendan Hawthorne and filmmaker Keith Bloomfield, to creatively explore and respond to a selection of photographs from the Keith Hodgkins archive. 

Ruth Collins

Ruth is the keeper of her father's extensive canal photographs that he made while working as Lock Keeper from 1936 to 1960. We will be sharing a wide selection of his work in the collections section, and also making a special film with Ruth talking about photographs from her own life.  In this vignette Ruth talks about her father and why he made his collection. She also talks about her wedding day which involved a trip along the canal in her full wedding dress.

Keith Hodgkins

In this vignette Keith talks about one of his favourite photographs and takes the opportunity to reflect upon some important changes to the industrial and urban landscape of the Black Country. You can see more material from Keith’s archive in the collections section.

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