The Magical Moorlands
Recognised for its natural beauty and mythical legends, the Staffordshire Moorlands can now celebrate adding film makers to its long list of welcome visitors.
We are proud to celebrate the district’s stunning scenery playing a starring role in the 2015 film ‘Arthur & Merlin’ with the following events taking place in the centre of Leek on Saturday 28th May:
The Nicholson Museum: See a special exhibition charting the use of concepts and local locations used in the film, with creative art work and some of the props used.
The Market Place: Browse the markets, see actors in costume and get prizes from the magical well used in the film, in a lucky dip.
The Foxlowe Arts Centre: View the ‘Arthur & Merlin’ film at 3pm, together with the opportunity to ask questions of the Director Marco Van Belle and the Executive Producer Paul Osborne, heads of department and actors.
Magical sword on display at the Nicholson Museum
Especially hand-made for the British fantasy feature film Arthur& Merlin which features several locations in the Staffordshire Moorlands, it is a replica of a sword found in a Welsh marsh using Celtic techniques made by specialist craftsmen.
The blade was hand-made by famed swordsmith Paul Binns and was hand-beaten to create 128 layers of steel, giving the intricate swirls and patterns seen in the blade. Paul has made weapons for the British Museum and productions like Game of Thrones.
The hilt was made by George Easton of Danegeld Historic Jewellery and it incorporates Celtic techniques of the Darks Ages period. Carved from wax before being cast in brass, it is finished with enamelled decoration. Paul has made pieces for TV and film productions like Thor, Robin Hood and the Hobbit. He also made the crown for the re-burial of Richard III.