Lichfield Festival 2017

A timelapse of a community workshop in a pop up shop during the 2017 Lichfield Festival.  Based on the theme of ‘travels’, I invited passers by to interact with a wall sized map of the world – marking where they currently live, where they have lived or worked and where they want to go.  They also produced patches to make a patchwork quilt of journeys – real and imaginary.

Help for Hedgehogs

Join the Friends of Brandwood End Cemetery, The Wildllife Trust for Birmingham and the Black Country, Birmingham City Council Park Rangers and pupils from St Albans RC Primary School and Woodthorpe Primary School as they give ‘Help for Hedgehogs’!

This short film was made by pupils at both schools, alongside Rachel Gillies – Community Film Maker. It is packed with information about how YOU can help encourage hedgehogs into your own garden and neighbourhood. Hedgehog numbers have declined dramatically in the past 50 years – unless communities take urgent action we may witness their terminal decline in our lifetime.

This project has been funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, and has taken place between August 2016 and July 2017.

Playing Out in Birmingham on National Play Day

Would you like to close your street for play? Space Explorers commissioned this short film about the Playing Out initiative that we supported in Kings Heath, Birmingham for National Play Day Wednesday 7 August 2013. You can find out more about the Playing Out movement at playingout.net

Untold Stories: Lauren Taylor – Relative enlisted from Hartlepool

As part of The People’s Heritage Co-operative’s HLF funded project, ‘Untold Stories: Birmingham’s Wounded Soldiers from WW1’, Year 8 pupils at Swanshurst School took part in a series of workshops with Rachel Gillies – Community Film Maker to learn how to conduct filmed oral history interviews.  The result of their hard work is 11 remarkable interviews with a range of people discussing their own experiences and the experiences of relatives in some of the major conflicts of the 20th Century. From shelling in the trenches of The Somme to the shelling of Hartlepool, patrolling the Suez Canal to holding the line in Korea, back to the UK to the aftermath of conflict in people’s daily lives, including the reality of medical care, the interviews are eye-opening and frank.

Untold Stories: Lt. Col. Steve Jeffery – Consultant Burns and Plastic Surgeon

As part of The People’s Heritage Co-operative’s HLF funded project, ‘Untold Stories: Birmingham’s Wounded Soldiers from WW1’, Year 8 pupils at Swanshurst School took part in a series of workshops with Rachel Gillies – Community Film Maker to learn how to conduct filmed oral history interviews.  The result of their hard work is 11 remarkable interviews with a range of people discussing their own experiences and the experiences of relatives in some of the major conflicts of the 20th Century. From shelling in the trenches of The Somme to the shelling of Hartlepool, patrolling the Suez Canal to holding the line in Korea, back to the UK to the aftermath of conflict in people’s daily lives, including the reality of medical care, the interviews are eye-opening and frank.

Untold Stories: Gordon Duggins – Korean War Veteran

As part of The People’s Heritage Co-operative’s HLF funded project, ‘Untold Stories: Birmingham’s Wounded Soldiers from WW1’, Year 8 pupils at Swanshurst School took part in a series of workshops with Rachel Gillies – Community Film Maker to learn how to conduct filmed oral history interviews.  The result of their hard work is 11 remarkable interviews with a range of people discussing their own experiences and the experiences of relatives in some of the major conflicts of the 20th Century. From shelling in the trenches of The Somme to the shelling of Hartlepool, patrolling the Suez Canal to holding the line in Korea, back to the UK to the aftermath of conflict in people’s daily lives, including the reality of medical care, the interviews are eye-opening and frank.

The Good, The Bad and The Cliché

A short film produced for The Lichfield Festival.  The film was scripted and directed by young people from Lichfield, with creative support from Jo Billingham.  Filming took place on location at Chasewater Light Railway.