Hope Mansell is a rural Herefordshire village with a population of around two hundred.
Between the summer of 2017 and the autumn of 2020, people of all ages took part in extended interviews to produce a portrait of a village at a time of change. The resulting feature-length documentary, A Parcel of Time, is now available to rent or buy. However, a film cannot hope to tell all the stories of the 26 hours of interview. This site will eventually contain the full interviews, with transcripts and more, forming a kind of time capsule of the village as it was in that period and an oral history resource.
For now, Hope Mansell is still a village of farms, but this is the story of all villages in England. Of many it's the past, of some it's the future: the transition from a community of farmsteads, to a community of incomers.