This is a short video created as part of the community-based project ‘Made of Steel’, which centred around Consett Steel Works and the local communities which were effected by the closure of the Works in 1980. This short film was made as a result of an interview with a local artist Paul Belcher, who draws his memories and experiences from his time when the Works were flourishing.
Made of Steel was a Heritage Lottery funded project which is managed by Colour Your Life at Leisureworks. It was a creative heritage project capturing the memories, stories and archives around Consett Steelworks and the surrounding community then and now.
Consett steelworks dominated Consett, County Durham for 140 years from 1864 when Consett Iron Company was established. The Steelworks was closed down in October 1980 and devastated the community. Having no permanent museum, the stories and memories of the people that worked at the Steelworks, their families and wider community are the only legacy of an industry that affected thousands of lives.
Made of Steel was one of the last chances to chronicle first hand experiences and remember past generations and celebrate the historical importance of the area and its people, particularly for younger generations. The project worked with filmmaker/photographer Andrew Hagan and Creative writer Tom Kelly to creatively capture community tales which culminated in a film with soundtrack; a performance of poems, songs, drama and other spoken words; digital scrap book; an exhibition; educational resource accompanied by many other creative products to capture the unique and rich archives.
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