Bear Witness – The Lie of the Land is a short 20 min film produced by artists Jill Impey and Andrew Howe for Cinderloo 1821 during 2019. The film was funded by a grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund.
The film explores the story of the Cinderloo Uprising, Shropshire’s Peterloo, which took place almost 200 years ago in Old Park, Dawley. Echoes of the events of 1821 can be found in the landscape of today, which has undergone tremendous change with the impact of heavy industry followed by the development of Telford New Town. Responses to the Cinderloo story and changing landscape are gathered from several different voices of local people, poets and specialists in ecology, local history and industrial heritage.
The film formed part of a wider public engagement and work in schools.
Jill Impey is an artist in film, photography, installation and participatory practice. She is a Co-Director of Participate Contemporary Artspace CIC in Shrewsbury. Her work engages adults and children, with a wide range of contemporary art, reminiscence and natural stimuli, in order to capture their individual responses.
Andrew Howe is an artist working in painting, drawing, photography, walking, books and digital media. One of the co-founders of the Cinderloo 1821 community group, he is interested in how people and places interact, and how historical events shape the landscape.