Friday, 31 December 2010

The Luttrell Psalter Film online!

The Luttrell Psalter Film can now be viewed free online:

Luttrell Psalter Film

Here is an introduction from the Director, Nick Loven:

In 2006 I saw, for the first time, some beautiful images which immediately captured my imagination. Images which showed, in loving detail, everyday scenes from almost 700 years in the past. Looking at these images medieval life seemed more real than it ever had before and it was just a small sampling of images from the Luttrell Psalter. Without thinking I said, 'this would make a really interesting film', and before I knew what was happening, with a tiny budget and many volunteers, we were in the process of making the film!
The film is not a documentary. It is not an attempt to show the whole truth of medieval life. It is a kind of experiment and a tribute to a beautful work of art. By recreating the images from the Psalter directly we hoped to answer some questions about how accurate the illustrations were. We also hoped to capture the mysterious and evocative nature of the source material.

We hope you enjoy the film. We would love to hear your thoughts and observations, so please let us know here or email us at

It is our intention to create a second film based on the Luttrell Psalter, this time bringing the life of Sir Geoffrey Luttrell and his family to film. Any thoughts and suggestions there would also be welcome. Nick Loven

Thursday, 30 September 2010

Luttrell Psalter Instruments


We are filming a few short segments about the musical instruments illustrated in the Luttrell Psalter. On Tuesday (28-09-2010) we filmed Dante Ferrara (above) demonstrating the Symphonie. Dante contributed to the musical sound track on the Luttrell Psalter Film. His web site can be found here: Dante Ferrara.

Sunday, 12 September 2010

The Luttrell Psalter Film Blog

Because the making of the Luttrell Psalter Film was such an extraordinary journey and because there are so many stories yet to tell, we have started to create a retrospective blog. The blog begins early in 2006 when Nick Loven, the Director (below, with camera), first came up with the idea. Now read on - the making of The Luttrell Psalter Film.


Thursday, 19 August 2010

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Friday, 13 August 2010

WAG Screen’s new committee

Many thanks to our outgoing Chair, Steve Turner and our Treasurer, Keith Loven, for all their hard work.

The new committee members are:

Chair: Martha Milne

Treasurer: Sam Laing

Project Manager: Pauline Loven

Secretary: Jo Sullivan

(picture to come)

Tuesday, 3 August 2010

A Review of the Luttrell Psalter Film:

Many thanks to Michael Stocking for this review:

‘I suppose I was expecting the standard documentary-style piece, with voiceover, pieces to camera, intercut with a couple of re-creations of medieval life. That's certainly a film they could have made, but instead they've made a deceptively simple 20 minute film recreating scenes from the Luttrell Psalter in an effort to transport us back 600 years. No plot, no narration, not many words at all.

As a result, if you just view the film, it's a very impressionistic experience. Oxen, breath steaming in the cold Lincolnshire air, haul a crude but familiar-looking plough across a field. A young boy vaults up a tree to steal some cherries, narrowly escaping a wrathful farmer. Chickens scratch around a farmyard. A wronged wife belabours her penitent husband with a stick. We're left to have our own opinions on how like these people we are and how unlike. How hard life must have been and how rewarding.Luttrell Kate Leo

The film took 2 years to make, on a budget that wouldn't normally cover the costumes, and the makers travelled to the North West to film red squirrels, to Wales to find a medieval village, and to London to find a scriptorium. This truly was a labour of love, and it shows on the screen.

For those unfamiliar with the book, the interview with the ever-watchable Michelle Brown is required viewing, and helps relate the book to the film.

So as a piece of film-making, experimental archaeology, pedagogy and indeed art, the film is an unlikely success. I hope the team put a copy online soon and it gets the wider audience it deserves’.

Michael Stocking is the CEO of Armadillo Systems, creators of, amongst other things, the Turning the Pages software that allows libraries to build online collections.

WAG Screen plans to upload the Luttrell Psalter film to Facebook (in HD) when the number of fans on Luttrell Psalter Facebook fan page reaches 1,000! So if you want to see the film - spread the word!

Thursday, 22 July 2010

WAG Screen wins an award!


Nick Loven, Chris Roberts and Pauline Loven with the ‘Special Contributions to Museums’ award from Heritage Lincolnshire and Renaissance East Midlands. The award was given jointly to WAG Screen and Orchard House Wardrobe for the films, costumes and artefacts made for East Midlands museums.

Luttrell Psalter Film exhibition


Until 14th September 2010

The Intriguing world of the Luttrell Psalter

The Luttrell Psalter is a fourteenth century manuscript commissioned by Sir Geoffrey Luttrell, a Lincolnshire landowner and is full of beautifully illuminated images that reveal a wealth of detail about everyday life in medieval Lincolnshire.

Using the Luttrell Psalter film, real and replica medieval artefacts, a ‘turning the page’ kiosk and a facsimile of the document from the British Library, this exhibition explores some of the images from the Luttrell Psalter to discover what the vibrant pictures can tell us about everyday life and the people who lived and worked in medieval Lincolnshire.


Supported by the British Library and WAG Screen and The Collection, Art and Archaeology in Lincolnshire

Admission FREE

St Katherine’s – 900 years of history

Heritage and Cultural Centre, South Park Roundabout', St Katherines, Lincoln LN5 8LN

Open Tuesday – Saturday 10.00 – 4.00pm

Telephone 01522 572778

Thursday, 8 July 2010

Luttrell Psalter Film

WAG Screen plans to upload the Luttrell Psalter film to Facebook (in HD) when the number of fans on Luttrell Psalter Facebook fan page reaches 1,000! So if you want to see the film - spread the word!


You can see a review of the film from Michael Stocking (the chap behind the 'Turning the Pages' software from the British Library) at his Turning the Pages - A blog about where emerging technologies meet access and interpretation for libraries and museums: The Luttrell Psalter Film

Thank you for your support!

PS Please do keep buying the DVD as well though (it includes other material such as an interview with Michelle Brown), as all proceeds go towards making a second Luttrell Psalter Film based in the images of Sir Geoffrey, his household and the aristocratic lifestyle: WAG Screen

PPS In the mean time for those in the UK, here is the Time Team episode featuring our plough, our ploughman Neil Parker and Michelle Brown talking about the Luttrell Psalter: TIME TEAM Series 16, episode 2


Monday, 5 July 2010

Filming Victorian dancers waltzing

As part of the film we are making for Gainsborough Old Hall, we have just filmed dancers waltzing on the Victorian dance floor. None of our cast had danced the waltz before and some had never danced before at all, but thanks to Martha Milne's brilliant coaching they were all fantastic. Martha is better known as an amazingly talented quilter and you can find out more about the Victorian waltz scene and Martha's quilting on her blog: Machine Quilter

Monday, 28 June 2010

Luttrell Psalter film Review

We have just had this review of the Luttrell Psalter film by Michael Stocking: Turning Pages

Wednesday, 16 June 2010

BBC Lincolnshire

Click here for a BBC article on the making of the Gainsborough Old Hall Film

Wednesday, 26 May 2010

Gainsborough Old Hall

WAG Screen are currently making a film for Gainsborough Old Hall in which a teenage girl, Violet, has the ability see different things that happened in GOH through its history.
Violet is played by Abigail Griffin, Queen Catherine Howard, by Bryony Roberts, Lady in Waiting Su Toogood and the Medieval characters by Lord Burgh's Retinue.

For more on the making of the Tudor Gown (top picture) see:

Sunday, 14 March 2010

Luttrell Psalter Film - Archaeological Field Walk

As part of the process of making the Luttrell Psalter Film, Washingborough Archaeology Group conducted a field walk of a deserted medieval village. The fragments of pottery that we found helped us in the recreation of the pottery used in the film. The large water jug carried by one of the women in the film was based on the Luttrell Psalter illumination and known archaeological finds from Lincolnshire. The jug handle found in the field (one which is commonly found by WAG) was used for the detail of the handle. We also found a beautiful fragment of a decorated pot, and this was recreated to help furnish our cottage interior (pictured above). See the short WAG Screen film below for some of the finds we made.

Field walk led by archaologist Jo Hambly.

The pots were all made by Andrew MacDonald of the Pot Shop on Steep Hill Lincoln.

Friday, 22 January 2010

Funding News

Good news, WAG Screen have just received funding for a computer, screen and editing software from Lincolnshire Community Foundation, Grass Roots Grant.
The funding means that we now have a WAG Screen dedicated state-of-the-art computer for editing. This creates opportunities for our volunteers to train in editing as well as camera work.

Saturday, 9 January 2010

The Lady of Shalott costume.

I have written up a blog on the gowns I made for The Lady of Shalott on my Period Wardrobe blog. Above: The Lady of Shalott, played by Victoria Rigby, picture by John Bennet.

Life at Church Farm

A new film from WAG Screen and Crow's Eye Productions, this time set in the 1900s. View the entire film for free below:

Life at Church Farm