‘The Making of Mordor’ exhibition (Sept-Jan) at Wolverhampton Art Gallery includes Bilston footage from 1975

An ATV Today news report from 1975 featuring Bilston in the Black Country will be exhibited at Wolverhampton Art Gallery in September.

The footage will feature in The Making of Mordor, a five month exhibition which feature works J.R.R Tolkien and other 20th century and contemporary artists and writers who have been influenced by West Midlands industry.

The exhibition runs from 20 September2014 to 17 January 2015

The gallery’s website says:

‘Mordor’ conjures images of a blackened land consumed by industry. This exhibition explores the links between J.R.R. Tolkien’s depictions of this fantasy region in The Lord of the Rings and the Black Country of the 1900s, which lay a few miles from his childhood home.

Alongside reproductions from Tolkien’s sketchbooks, The Making of Mordor will feature works by other 20th century artists and writers who have been influenced by the industrial powerhouse of the West Midlands. Contemporary responses to the post-industrial Black Country will also be on show, including works by Turner Prize nominee Richard Billingham, photographer Brian Griffin and internationally acclaimed installation artist Olafur Eliasson. The exhibition also features archive film.

The short is ATV Today: 23.07.1975: Beautiful Bilston in which ATV Today reporter, John Swallow talked to an urban planner in Bilston about plans to transform the town’s industrial waste land.

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View the film on our main website here. 


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