Life In A Model Village’ is a film by Ian Nesbitt and Friends Of New Bolsover. It is the third in a trilogy of films exploring peripheral social histories in the Bolsover area.
The 200 houses that make up New Bolsover were completed in 1896 by Ernest P Baimbridge, a Methodist, Nonconformist, Industrialist from Sheffield. He was also the the owner of Bolsover Colliery Company. ‘The Model’, as it is known locally, was the first of its kind to serve a mining community, whose housing had been universally very poor up to that point.
The film uses particular places within the geography of the village to explore the notion of community for those who live there past, present and future.