Next week I will be working with 100 children on a shadow film, which will be seen by the public inside a lime kiln on Sunday the 24th July, near Millers Dale Station. This week I am making silhouettes of the fantastic landscape and wildlife at Millers Dale nature reserve, managed by Derbyshire Wildlife Trust. Millers Dale Station was very busy with five platforms until it was closed in the 1960s as part of the Beeching cuts. I am drawing on this history, creating silhouettes of the dramatic viaducts and of steam trains. I have had advice on the latter from the archivist at Peak Rail, Mick Bond.
Next week the children will make their own shadow puppets exploring their visit to the nature reserve and its history and will perform scenes for the shadow film.