Forming part of a wider educational programme offered by the Framework Knitters Museum, Nottingham, the film, called Breaking the Frame, is created with a unique interactive format where the audience influence the path the story will take.
The film’s story is set during the Luddite uprising which occurred across the country at the beginning of the nineteenth century. It follows a young frameknitter as he faces a variety of dilemmas associated with his exploitation by his employer and his need to provide for his family. The film’s young protagonist invites the audience to make choices, and ultimately change the path the story takes. As a consequence each audience creates their own film based upon their moral choices. Through this process the film enables them explore the consequences of their decisions in a safe, controlled environment.
ABOVE: The film’s story is set during the Luddite uprising which occurred across the country at the beginning of the nineteenth century
The film, and other educational resources that can be used alongside it, have been made available to all schools free of charge on the museums website. You can view the resources and the film at www.frameworkknittersmuseum.org.uk/education-section. Schools within travelling distance can also supplement the resources with a specially tailored trip to the museum.
Launched at the beginning of 2015, the innovative film has already won multiple awards, including being the only British winner at the European Heritage in Motion Awards. In December they will also receive the coveted Sanford Award, the accolade of quality for education programmes at British heritage sites and museums.
Production of the film was undertaken as part of a collaborative partnership with a local school, which has also won an award. Students from Rushcliffe School were invited to work with the director and script writer, audition for acting parts in the film, and provide critical input on all aspects of the films creation.
ABOVE: Students from Rushcliffe School were invited to work with the director and script writer, audition for acting parts in the film, and provide critical input on all aspects of the films creation
The Framework Knitters Museum is Nottinghamshire’s only working textile museum and celebrates the workers and the trade which gave birth to Nottingham’s Lace Industry and the violent Luddite uprising. It is situated in the small village of Ruddington, on the outskirts of Nottingham. Located around the only preserved historic knitter’s yard, the site was built in the early nineteenth century, and includes two frameshops, workers cottages, and a chapel where the workers worshipped. The museum underwent a £100,000 redevelopment last year, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Nottinghamshire County Council.