InkBlot Films Project Showcases Castle and Caves in Nottingham for York Archeological Trust

Thanks to York Archaeological Trust, InkBlot Films have recently finished a recent commission to produce ghostly talking heads, which tell the story of famous historical figures.

The videos were shot at York Studios, at Beyond Colour in York and edited for the project in late 2014 and early 2015 for the exhibition launch in January 2015 as part of Nottingham’s Light Night on 6th February 2015. Working closely with James Carter, Head of Facilities and Projects at The Jorvik Group (part of York Archaeological Trust), we worked to produce his vision of ghosts brought back to life in video form.

In-house creative teams at YAT produced scripts for their actors: as regularly seen out and about in the city of York to add to the existing exhibition on Nottingham Caves.

Consisting of a series of sandstone caves which were possibly excavated around the year 1200 on the orders of King John, they are thought to have been used both a dungeon for King David of Scotland in 1439 and a Ducal wine cellar throughout the 18th century. This fascinating development scheme explores the history of the caves through textual, visual, audio and sensory interpretation, all of which were specifically designed to address the challenging environment presented by the caves.

The JORVIK group created a series of new interpretation panels and audio visual displays using stunning 3D imagery of the cave system to introduce visitors to the cave.  Our videos from us here at InkBlot Films fit perfectly into this experience of moving through the underground space, which all benefitted from a new lighting design.

InkBlot Films -The Faces of Nottingham Caves by JORVIK Actors

The faces of Nottingham Caves revealed…


Visitors will encounter our videos as wall projections which tell the stories of some of the key historical figures associated with the caves and the Castle including Colonel John Hutchinson, Governor at the castle during the Civil War and Sir John Byron, Castle Constable and Porter for both King Richard III and Henry VII. The Ducal wine cellar depicts a typical cellar from 1750 complete with sounds and smells from the Georgian period.


Click here to see details of the above post on the York Archeological Trust website.