A Smaller Sound, A Bigger Crowd

2011, 15 minutes

Fictional tale of the Docklands Bell

Recounts the fictional tale of the Docklands Bell. The Bell was the largest bell ever made and would be rung to announce cargo leaving the docks. As metal was in short supply during the First World War, the Docklands Bell was melted down to provide every cathedral town in England with a set of small hand bells to call people to worship. Large church bells were only rung to inform of invasions. The melting of the Bell meant that a new form was created with many people holding a small part of a bigger whole; they became connected through sound across the country. Through its wry humour the work sets out the ideas of transformation and unity.



Connected mandy members:

Scarlet Sweeney
Foley Artist, Church hand bell ringer and Radio 4 Announcer.