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Claire Finn standing outside Mill Waters Cafe with Cllr Relf

Discover Ashfield with new short films

As part of the Ashfield Art Trail Ashfield District Council, in partnership with Discover Ashfield, commissioned talented residents to create a series of short films about historical figures from Ashfield’s past.

Creator of Ashfield Art Fest 2021, Claire Finn, was heavily involved in the project acting as the script writer, producer, and star of the Ada Lovelace film. The videos, filmed by Ashfield videographer Tom Cable, offer a unique glimpse into Ashfield’s past. You can watch the films and listen to the stories told by William Duke of Portland, Ada Lovelace, and a Medieval Kirkby local on the Council's youtube channel.

The films can be viewed by scanning the QR codes on the boards displayed at Mill Waters Café at Kings Mill Reservoir. The remaining boards will be installed next to the Ada Lovelace plaque on Hucknall High Street, and on the railings on Kirkby Plaza early next week.  

At least five more films are currently in production and will be released in the coming months featuring more hidden figures from the District’s surprising history. The films and the Ashfield Art Trail have been funded by the Welcome Back Fund.

Cllr Matthew Relf, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Planning, said:

“I am so proud that we have been able to support local artistic talent by commissioning them to star in, film, and write the scripts for these films. I would like to thank Kirkby Heritage Centre, Hucknall Tourism and Regeneration Group, and Sutton Living Memory Group for their invaluable help and knowledge of the District’s history.”

Claire Finn commented on her experience:

"It has been an absolute pleasure working on this project to produce these wonderful historical films about Ashfield. To collaborate with local historical groups and work with creatives from the area has been an enormous privilege. Equally, a rewarding experience to see the talent, passion and community Ashfield has to offer in showcasing it's rich history."