Video – Lappings, Lemel & Sweeps

Student Film On Historic Hatton Garden

Student film ‘Lappings, Lemel & Sweeps’, which explores London’s iconic Hatton Garden, received widespread industry praise on its debut, and is now available to view below.

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.

The film chronicles the history of Hatton Garden, and provides a rare behind the scenes look in to the street famously known as Diamond Street. The film weaves its tale 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.

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. Many of those interviewed were people and businesses that date back several generations.

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.