UWE alumni introduce 'A Time Traveller's Guide to Bristol'

Issue date: 21 April 2010

Dutchhouse The University of the West of England is working with award-winning Bristol-based production company, ArthurCox on a pioneering community project 'Time Traveller's Guide to Bristol' that will bring to life a century of audio, photograph and films of the local landscape.

The University is one of the project sponsors and has three recent graduates working at ArthurCox on the project.

UWE Business Graduate and Project Manager, Hilary Light explains, 'A Time Traveller's Guide to Bristol' is an exciting project, bringing together local communities and organisations* to create a location-specific experience of archive film, photographs and audio over the past 100 years. This is really to spark an interest in people who live and work in Bristol and want to discover more about their urban landscape. The project concentrates on six areas of the city in particular: Redcliffe Hill, Broadmead, Park Street, The Harbour, Castle Park and Stokes Croft.

“We're entering the edit and design phase of the project now, but are holding out for a few more pieces of unique footage or photographs! It's a great opportunity for students and Bristolians to get involved in their local history and we urgently need donations of photographs from the 70's, 80's, 90's and today. If you think you've got something suitable at home (or even on your phone), please can you send them to ArthurCox:hilary@worldofarthurcox.com"

The project will be launched with a free website which will showcase the films and provide a 3D virtual environment to explore some of the locations. A free app for iTouch and iPhone users will also be available via the Apple Store from May 2010. Recent UWE Animation graduates Thomas Malins and Dominic Pitt have established successful careers at ArthurCox and are actively involved in compiling this project. Thomas is currently in research, looking through film, photos and audio archive and Dominic is involved in the editing process.

Talking about the project, Thomas Malins, says,“ The moment I heard about this project I was keen to be a part of it. I have not just an interest in film generally, but particularly for vintage and archive media and design. My final year film at UWE used archive material quite heavily as its basis, so working on this seemed very appropriate personally. As my first job out of University working on this has been a real privilege. My hope is others can enjoy and be intrigued by viewing the project as much as I have been working on it.”

Dominic Pitt added, “Bristol is a great place to live and working on the project has made me realise how much has happened here. My time at UWE was fantastic and I am grateful to now be doing something I really enjoy, and getting paid for it!”

Hilary Light concludes, “Thomas and Dominic are both invaluable to 'A Time Traveller's Guide to Bristol'. They have amazing enthusiasm in their work and the fact they are so well trained in all aspects of design has meant that they can take initiative and can be trusted which is invaluable to small companies undertaking big projects such as this one.”

Tickets for the launch of 'A Time Traveller's Guide to Bristol' (as part of the Festival of Ideas on Tuesday 11 May) sold out in its first day, but future events are planned throughout the summer. For more information on the project and to send in your contributions, contact Hilary Light:hilary@worldofarthurcox.com

For more information on studying Animation at UWE see: Animation

'A Time Traveller's Guide to Bristol' project is funded from the Regional Investment Fund England (RIFE) through the UK Film Council's Digital Film Archive Fund via South West Screen and Arts Council England. It is partnered with Bristol Museums, Galleries and Archives & Bristol Record Office, and sponsored by ss Great Britain Trust, Destination Bristol and UWE, with lots of in-kind support from other companies. The BBC are also contributing significant archive and support through their BBC Anchor Agreement with Bristol.

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