Haunted Hartlepool: Art students piece together ghostly history of town

PDSS student Greg putting the finishing touches to the Hartlepool 'street'
PDSS student Greg putting the finishing touches to the Hartlepool 'street'

Art students have been piecing together the haunted history of Hartlepool with their latest project.

Second year students from Cleveland College of Art and Design Production Design for Stage and Screen course have designed and built a full-scale studio set of a street inspired by the town’s rich and historic past as a shipping port and commercial centre.

PDSS student Molly putting the finishing touches to the Hartlepool 'street'

PDSS student Molly putting the finishing touches to the Hartlepool 'street'

The street will be officially opened on January 27 by BBC TV production designer and art director, Tina Sherifa Hicks.

Students were give a brief to research the Victorian buildings around Hartlepool, especially the Headland, then use the research to create a surreal fantasy world for a proposed TV programme, as a production design team would be expected to work in the industry today.

First-year students have also been involved – designing and building props to decorate the street and shop windows – making it a collaborative exhibition.