WHITECHAPEL BELL FOUNDRY

VIDEOS OF CASTING AND TUNING OF BELLS

The foundry in 1884, 
as drawn that year 
by W.H.Russell.

As you would imagine, the foundry is frequently visited by filmmakers from around the world wanting to film footage for documentaries or news items. In 2006, among those who visited were a team from Project Explorer who, to quote their own site, are:
"a not-for-profit organization that provides an interactive global learning experience to the kindergarten through twelfth grade community. Providing users globally the opportunity to explore the world from their own computer, we are a free, all-inclusive site that uses story-based learning to spark students' imaginations."
They visited the foundry as part of a project titled 'Shakespeare's England' and recorded two short video with our works manager, Mark Backhouse, explaining the processes involved in moulding, casting, and tuning. These can be viewed on the following page of their site:

Another video aimed at children but infomative for adults and children alike is this one:

In 2011 we cast a ring of bells for St. James, Garlickhythe. This was also the year of the Queen's Jubilee so it was decided that before being installed in the church these should form a part of the river pageant by being carried on a barge and mounted in a frame specially designed for the purpose. Here's an excellent 30 minute videon showing all stages of the story from the casting of the bells, to the river pageant, to the eventually installation and ringing of the bells at Garlickhythe:

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