Richmond Bells Project 2016 - 2018
about the project...
The Richmond Ringers Bell Committee from St Mary’s Church in Richmond, North Yorkshire are leading a Heritage Lottery funded (HLF) cultural community project to celebrate, retain and explore the heritage, and safeguard the practical ringing potential of the ring of 8 tower bells.
For more info on the project, how to contact us, and updates on the project as it develops, see our project blog at
why ele slade design...
Ele Slade is the lead practitioner for the project, providing the organisation and design of the schools workshops, practitioners, exhibitions and the film.
The bell committee have undertaken many fundraising events including a sponsored cycle ride from Richmond, Surrey to Richmond, North Yorkshire to raise money for the project. For more info check out the Richmond Ringers website here.
The Heritage Lottery Fund has funded the project to engage with schools, the local community, and create exhibitions and the legacy film of the project.
what we are doing...
Running a program of primary and secondary schools workshops to engage students through the lens of creative, practical activities
Running open community history workshops for adults in the local community to explore local archives and oral histories about the impact of the bells from their beginnings up to today.
Hosting a temporary exhibition of work generated in the schools workshops and the community history workshops
Hosting a temporary exhibition about the whole project (once it is finished) at the Richmondshire Museum in 2018
Making an online archive / learning resource from the work generated and researched during the project
Making a film about the project
Creating a permanent exhibition of 5 historic bells within the restored tower
Replacing the 8 old tower bells with newly cast bells to safeguard the ringing potential of the bells for future generations
Safeguarding the ringing potential of the bells for future generations.