Animation Alive at the Museum was a project that took place in Summer 2012 and resulted in the creation of three short stop-animation films by young people aged 11-18. It was a part of a larger project to restore, redisplay and create a new exhibition for the Sheldon Tapestry, one of Warwickshire Museum’s most fascinating and unique artefacts.
Film-maker and Animator Chris Bradley and staff from Warwickshire County Council’s Heritage and Culture’s Learning and Community Engagement team worked with young people over the week to create and film a brand new animation of their own from scratch. The animation will feature permanently on a new touch-screen display at the Market Hall Museum that will accompany the redisplay of the Sheldon Tapestry.
Young people were given the opportunity to collaboratively work on the production of a number of stop-motion animations; this involved developing a story, writing a script, recording voice-overs and sound effects, modelling 3D plasticine characters, designing and building sets and learning how to animate using HD film equipment.
The week-long project involved plenty of hands-on fun and arty activities, and even some creative writing and script writing, as well as animation. It was also a great opportunity for young people to discover Warwickshire’s heritage in a lively and hands-on way.
There was an opportunity to also learn about working in Museums and the Heritage Sector, with a peak ‘behind the scenes’ and the opportunity to ask questions and find out about the work we do.