When the Landlord came for Rent

Photo:A character from the film - a rather sinister looking debt collector

A character from the film - a rather sinister looking debt collector

Photo:Some of the young people practicing their animation skills

Some of the young people practicing their animation skills

Photo:Character development exercise

Character development exercise

Photo:Discovering aspects of fenland heritage at the Wisbech & Fenland Museum

Discovering aspects of fenland heritage at the Wisbech & Fenland Museum

Photo:The beautiful traditional interior of the Wisbech & Fenland Museum

The beautiful traditional interior of the Wisbech & Fenland Museum

Photo:The NACRO building in the past!

The NACRO building in the past!

Photo:Filming Miss Havisham's Feast in the Great Expectations exhibition

Filming Miss Havisham's Feast in the Great Expectations exhibition

Photo:Some costumed characters we met in the Great Expectations exhibition

Some costumed characters we met in the Great Expectations exhibition

Photo:Charles Dickens' original manuscript of Great Expectations

Charles Dickens' original manuscript of Great Expectations

Photo:Making models for the film

Making models for the film

Photo:A poor character from our film

A poor character from our film

Photo:Some props for our film - cargo ships

Some props for our film - cargo ships

Photo:Filming in progress - tilling the land

Filming in progress - tilling the land

Photo:Characters from the film - washer women

Characters from the film - washer women

Photo:A chimney sweep

A chimney sweep

An animation project between NACRO, Wisbech & Fenland Museum & Octavia Hill Birthplace Museum

Between November 2012 and February 2013, a group of unemployed young people from NACRO in Wisbech learned about the towns social conditions during the Victorian period and made a film representing this entitled When the Landlord came for Rent.

This stop-motion animation explores the hardships of life faced by the towns poor in the Victorian era – a topic the group found particularly poignant. It was during this historic period that Octavia Hill, who would go on to become an influential social reformer and co-founder of the National Trust, was born in the fenland town.

 

The film features in the exhibition Living on Land & Water, which is currently touring the region. It was a joint venture between FMP museums (Wisbech & Fenland Museum & Octavia Hill Birthplace Museum) and NACRO, an education and training centre for unemployed people.

 

The film project received great praise from the group themselves, who all described the project as either ‘Excellent’ or ‘Very Good’ in evaluation excercises and who listed, among other things, increased knowledge of the subject, bringing the subject to life and strengthening a sense of belonging or community identity as major benefits of participation. Several members of the group also gained Bronze Arts Award qualifications for their work on the project.


You can see a trailer of the film at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p1P5yeae1yQ


To see the full version and more, please look for the Living on Land & Water exhibition in our touring timetable (available on the last page of this website).

This page was added on 14/10/2013.

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