Delia Derbyshire Schools Project

Belle Vue co-produced a creative film with pupils from two Manchester primary schools – Year 5, Medlock Primary and Year 6, St. Augustine’s – that retold the life and times of electronic music pioneer (and originator of the Doctor Who theme), Delia Derbyshire.

The film was made as part of a learning programme with the children and the heritage charity, Delia Derbyshire Day.

We also made another film with Delia Derbyshire Day and the University of Manchester about the Delia Derbyshire archive at John Rylands Library.


Delia Derbyshire at John Rylands Library

We produced an 8 minute film introduction to the Delia Derbyshire collection archived at the John Rylands Library in Manchester as part of a Heritage Lottery Funded project for Delia Derbyshire Day. The film tells the story of Derbyshire’s career and highlights new interpretation and engagement with the collection.

A second film for Delia Derbyshire Day will follow the organisation’s latest engagement activities with schools in Manchester.

My Country, A Journey | University of Manchester

We worked with Dr Liam Harte, University of Manchester, on a multi-stranded filmmaking project around his AHRC-funded project, My Country, A Journey: Migration, Creativity and Cultural Identity. This project brought filmmaking activities into the heart of the research: developing workshops with community participants, filming research outputs and creative productions and to investigate levels of engagement through sustained interviews with participants.

The films we produced have provided the project with an appealing and lasting legacy with a reach beyond the university. The films are archived on a project website created by Belle Vue for this purpose:

This project has had demonstrable benefits for researchers, participants and audiences, both non-academic and academic. It has enabled me to evaluate and provide a documentary record of impact at the levels of cultural practice and cultural identity through in-depth interviews with selected workshop participants. This approach allowed more space for critical reflection than other, written forms of evaluation (e.g. questionnaires), and the addition of a digital component helped to capture the embodied responses of participants. Furthermore, the outputs are readily accessible to, and can be understood by, audiences of all levels; this should better facilitate the dissemination of my research findings beyond the academy.

Dr Liam Harte, University of Manchester



CIRCUIT and the Whitworth Young Contemporaries

A four year project to co-produce a dozen short films ranging from 2 minutes to 10 minutes, documenting the creative journeys of the Whitworth Young Contemporaries, a group of 16 to 25 year olds associated with The Whitworth in Manchester.

Throughout the Whitworth’s CIRCUIT project, Belle Vue have been on hand to document the development of the Whitworth Young Contemporaries. Our films show how the group have approached the project and grown as an important voice at the Whitworth.

Circuit was a national programme for 15–25 year olds, led by Tate and funded by Paul Hamlyn Foundation.

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