All Souls Stories | All Souls, Bolton

We made 25 three minute films about Bolton’s history for a purpose-built exhibition space at All Souls, a new community arts centre in Bolton funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Church Conservation Trust. The films used interviews, events, and archive to tell a diverse range of stories about Bolton’s past and present.

Belle Vue were asked by All Souls Bolton to film stories with members of their local community for a ‘history wall’ in their new landmark building. We met the majority of our collaborators at public events held by us over the summer in Bolton. We asked people to tell us, on camera, how the local area had changed in their lifetimes and to tell us about the places that meant something special to them. We then worked with the community more closely to develop the fascinating stories they wanted to tell!

As well as working with us to film their stories, the All Souls community were also involved in gathering the archive material you can see in the films. They generously shared their personal archives – photographs and objects, for example. We also made use of local and national archives whose historical photographs and film footage were used to bring the stories to life. These personal recollections say something about Bolton’s history and the place of All Souls in the local community over the last century. Here is a selection of the 21 All Souls stories.

Belle Vue stood out from their competitors for their professionalism, enthusiasm and ideas. They were a joy to work with, they went the extra mile at every stage and we couldn’t be more pleased with the engaging, broadcast-quality results.

Testimonial from All Souls Bolton