Pots, Pits & People is a new project in Bulwell that aims to hold on to people’s memories, and re-tell community stories to inspire a new generation. Thanks to funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, people in Bulwell have been sharing their interests in discovering more about Bulwell’s history - from Anglo-Saxon times and the medieval period through to the 20th Century, including the Second World War and post-war industries.
Our aim is to develop an ambitious long term project that will develop inspiring resources, activities and events to bring history to life in schools and public places throughout Bulwell, Nottingham.
Bulwell is an English market town about 4.5 miles (7km) north-west of Nottingham city centre, on the northern edge of the city.
Almost 30,000 people live in the Bulwell area, over 10% of the population of Nottingham.
There are just over 16,000 people living in the Bulwell ward of Nottingham City Council.
An ODE To Bulwell
Devised by Jayne Williams through a series of workshops and interviews, the words were weaved together to create a collective poem to provide the voice-over narrative for a visual walk-through of Bulwell, depicting the people and the places. Culminating in a 3 minute film beautifully executed by Ian Dearman and narrated by Nicola Curzon.
With many thanks to all that participated in the making of this video, and all those that have been a part of this story so far, your words and enthusiam will hopefully help catapult us into the next chapter of this project.
JAYNE WILLIAMS Participation Director - New Perspectives says;
"If somebody told me a year ago that I would be working with communities without physically being there, and we'd still manage to create authentic, genuine connections, I would have questioned the possibility. But, working with Nicola Curzon on the Pots, Pits and People project has made me realise that, as long as you have a member of that community who is hugely respected by their neighbours and has a legacy of creating an artistic platform that amplifies local voices, then its definitely possible and may even be a nourishing and incredibly moving experience for everyone.
I didn't think it possible to make a genuine connection without being in Bulwell myself and meeting people, being together, sharing their space but the outcome, the film, has a moving impact emotionally which suggests there was that connection even through phones and screens. This makes me very excited for the future, especially in terms of what we might be able to achieve with more financial support and when it is finally safe to meet."
SALLY ANNE TYE - Executive Director - New Perspectives says;
"With a 47 year track record, at New Perspectives we place the audience at the heart of work. From touring theatre into rural communities, theatres, arts centres and festivals, programming work alongside volunteer promoters and co-creating work in partnership in the heart of communities our focus is to enable equal access to the arts wherever you might be.
Located in Basford and adjacent to Bulwell, as a touring company our work travels, taking creative experiences to doorsteps across the length and breadth of the UK and further afield. To work in partnership by developing a longer term creative project on our own doorstep would for the first time root our work within the community we are situated in and at the same time showcase our practices on our doorstep."
Be Part of our Story
We are very keen to stay connected.
Do you have stories about Bulwell? Would you like to find out more about the history and heritage of your community? Do you have memories that you'd like to share and preserve for future generations? If so, we would be delighted for you to share your stories by filling out the contact us form below.
If there is anything else you would like to share with us, then please do email us at
15 Commercial Road, Bulwell, Nottingham, NG6 8HD, | Registered Charity No: 1161167
Thank you to the National Lottery Heritage Fund and National Lottery Players for making this project possible.