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The Barton Hill Animation

It is hard to imagine now, but a century ago parts of Barton Hill, the Netham, Crew’s Hole, St Anne's and St Philip’s Marsh were areas of heavy industry. There were iron, lead, chemical, tar works, much heavy engineering, as well as cotton and board mills. These industries were clustered around the transport corridors of the river and the feeder canal.

But since the mid-20th century onward, the area has been transformed. Some areas have become green, open spaces. The waterways have largely recovered from the serious pollution that the earlier industries caused and the smoke and fumes have blown away.

The Project

That process and the measures to create a healthier environment are celebrated in this project created with the help of pupils from Barton Hill Nursery & Infants School – as well members of the Barton Hill History Group. The children worked with an animator. The project was organised as a collaboration with Community at Heart.

Thanks to:
  • Simon Johnson, an animator with much experience of working in the community and education, worked with the children and Barton Hill History Group to create and collect material for the animation – as well as creating the animation itself.
  • Local Resident and Community at Heart board member Mark Adams and Artist Gwen Rogerson who works with Community at Heart, helped to organise the children's expedition around Barton Hill and Netham Gwen also produced a very fine illustrated map.
The Music was composed and produced by Community at Heart music workshop
facilitator Jack Kingslake with the children from Barton Hill Infant School.
Electric December
As part of the River Avon Trail's collaboration with Community at Heart, the animation formed a gift on the world remowned digital advent calendar www.electricdecember.org
Sponsored by the Heritage Lottery Fund