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Student Film on Historic Hatton Garden Receives Industry Praise Following its London Premier

A student film exploring London’s iconic Hatton Garden received widespread industry praise following its recent premier.

The 35minute film – LAPPINGS, LEMEL & SWEEPS – was the result of a Heritage Lottery Fund backed video project which was led by jewellery students from Kensington and Chelsea College, in conjunction with film-makers Digital:Works.

Chronicling the history of Hatton Garden, and how it has changed over the years, the film provided a rare glimpse into the inner workings of the famous 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.

Many of those interviewed were people and businesses that date back several generations. Their stories are the stories of the jewellery business in London, its trade, skilled workers, immigration, and how those cultures and skills have mixed to create a unique area. The film explores beyond the plush shop fronts to reveal a warren of ancient workshops and passageways in which skilled workers, to this day, use techniques handed down through families and apprenticeships.

The film premiered to an audience of invited industry guests at the Goldsmiths’ Centre in Clerkenwell, and received rapturous applause at the end of the screening.

Among those commending the film were Dave Merry, from renowned hallmarking specialists Assay Office London, who said: ‘I remember a lot of the companies featured in the film from when I started in the industry 42 years ago. It brought back many fond memories. Everything in the film was of quality, from the content right through to the soundtrack.’

Dan Cohen, from Bellore Ltd – one of the industry’s leading suppliers of semi-precious beads and stones – also heaped praise on the film adding: ‘Lappings, Lemel & Sweeps was warm, in places funny, and an original film. It showed a not often seen view of our industry, and of the historic area in which we work, through the eyes and experiences of those who know the trade and area best. For me, although involved in the trade and the area, it was a rare chance for me to learn more about the area, the industry and to eavesdrop on people’s memories and experiences.’

A free screening of – LAPPINGS, LEMEL & SWEEPS is also being held at Kensington and Chelsea College’s Wornington Centre, Wornington Road, W10 5QQ, on Friday 10th May, at 1pm. To attend please email Jenny Macdonald, the college’s Head of Jewellery, on: j.macdonald@kcc.ac.uk

Seating is limited and those wishing to attend are advised to email Jenny early to guarantee their place.

Jewellery student Mary Hart said: ‘Making the film was really inspirational. We interviewed people who had spent their entire lives working in Hatton Garden, and their stores are fascinating. The whole Hatton Garden community came together to support the film and were generous with giving up their time to be part of it. As jewellery students, being part of this video project has given us an amazing opportunity to make contacts, learn more about traditional techniques still being used in Hatton Garden, and see how it has also embraced new technology.’

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.