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Student Documentary Reveals Hidden Hatton Garden
Jewellery students from Kensington and Chelsea College are leading on a video project exploring the hidden world of Hatton Garden – London’s renowned jewellery quarter and epicentre of the UK diamond trade.
The students teamed up with film-makers Digital:Works in early January to start shooting
‘The Hatton Garden Film’ which chronicles the history of Hatton Garden and how it has changed over the years.
As part of the project, backed by the Heritage Lottery Fund, students were given a talk and tour of the area by historian Rachel Lichtenstein before being tasked with sourcing content for their film.
Students have promised to give viewers a rare insight into the inner workings of the iconic London street through a series of candid interviews and stories from those connected to Hatton Garden, including jewellers, local residents, engravers, diamond setters and suppliers of metal and gems. It also explores the craft of jewellery and design and production processes. The film is due to be premiered in April.
Jenny Macdonald, Head of Jewellery at Kensington and Chelsea College, said:
‘Hatton Garden has been the centre of London’s jewellery trade since medieval times, and even today many of the businesses found there date back several generations. This project is a fantastic way for students to bring Hatton Garden’s history to life, whilst learning more about jewellery. The students are determined to create a film that both inspires and pays homage to such an iconic part of London.’
Jewellery student Chris Townsend added:
‘This project is an invaluable experience for us. It’s not often you get to meet and interview some of the finest crafts people in the industry, and this film has given us that opportunity. Hearing their stories and experiences of living and working in Hatton Garden has been fascinating. Everyone on the project is looking forward to seeing the film. We’re hoping people enjoy watching it as much as we enjoyed making it.’
If you are interested in keeping-up-to date on the progress of the film and what the students have been doing please visit the Hatton Garden Project student blog written by Chris Townsend: www.hattongardenfilm.blogspot.co.uk (new window)
Kensington and Chelsea College has a reputation for excellence in Art and Design, and recently became an associate college member for The National Skills Academy for Creative & Cultural – a status awarded to only a select number of colleges.
The college is also partnered with many of London’s iconic creative and cultural venues including the V&A, the National Portrait Gallery, the Science Museum, the Royal Opera House, Hampton Court Palace and the Tower of London through its successful range of apprenticeship programmes.
Date published: 20 January 2013