Red carpet rolled out for Linton film premiere

STUDENTS at Linton Village College (LVC) rolled out the red carpet at a premiere screening of their film ‘Linton in Layers’.

The 30-minute film is the culmination of a year-long project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund to research and record the history of the LVC site through archaeology, art and film.

The 34 students involved in the project have learned about archaeological techniques and taken part in a dig in the college grounds, where they discovered Roman pottery and Neolithic flint tools.

They have worked with glass artist Clare Sinclair to create an artwork for the new college building inspired by their finds.

They have also interviewed members of the school community from the early years of the college to find out how life at LVC has changed in the last 70 years.

The film ‘Linton in Layers’ brings together all of these different strands and was accompanied by the launch of a publication about the project. The premiere was attended by an audience of over 100 people including parents, teachers, local councillors, former students and staff, and Anne Mason of the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The audience enjoyed seeing footage of the archaeological dig and fascinating interviews with former LVC students and John Heywood, Warden of LVC from 1974-89.

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Archaeologists from Oxford Archaeology East were on hand with some of the discoveries from the LVC site, and there was a display on the progress of the new artwork with artist Clare Sinclair.

“This is one of the most inspirational projects that I have visited and the young people should be congratulated,” said Anne Mason of the Heritage Lottery Fund.

LVC principal Carline Derbyshire said: “Although it covers more than 2000 years of history, this film is ultimately about people and the young people involved have been a credit to the school.”