Event title: In Conversation with the Past: A Film Portrait of Clun’s Famous Character – Bill Locke
Venue: Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery,Market Street, Shrewsbury, Shropshire SY1 1LG
Name: Shropshire Museums
Telephone: 01743 258888
Event description: Bill Lock was born deaf in 1910 into a well-known Romany family who travelled throughout the Borders and Shropshire. The Lock family settled in Clun in the 1950s and Bill became an important part of the community.
To discover Bill’s world, disabled artist Nicola Lane interviewed some of the many people who remember him – including 92 year old Clunton farmer Harry Collins who employed Bill and knew him well. Memories of Bill are still strong; but as Mr Collins says, it will be ‘all gone’ after his generation have passed. Nicola’s film aims to celebrate Bill’s long life and the vanished world in which he lived and worked. Film maker, Nicola Lane, was awarded the commission to create the film, as part of a joint commission in partnership with DASH www.dasharts.org and Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery, as part of the IN (Disability Arts IN the Mainstream) project, funded by Arts Council England.
Admission is free but tickets should be obtained in advance from the Visitor Information Centre at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery. Tel: 01743 258888