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Finham Primary School students work on an animation.

We have teamed up with Dan Snow to launch an animation competition for primary and secondary schools and colleges (up to age 18) and we welcome applications from across the UK.

Age of Revolution’s National Animation Competition for Schools is open to entries until February 14th 2020 and we invite schools to submit a short animation based on the title “What Does Revolution Mean to Me?” The animation should be between 30 seconds and 4 minutes long.

The animation can be influenced by a revolutionary invention, event, idea or person from the Age of Revolution (1775 – 1848), however, it could also be something revolutionary from another time, inspiration from students’ local history or in their own lives or the wider world today. The Age of Revolution also encourages schools to involve objects and artworks from museums, galleries or archives in their animations. This could be achieved through our extensive online revolutionary collection.

Creativity and imagination

We are looking for imaginative, creative animations, which genuinely reflect students’ own ideas and thoughts about ‘Revolution.’ Your animation can be serious, funny, musical, narrative – it’s up to you. You are encouraged to be as creative as you wish with tools and materials to include paper, photography, clay, digital apps and other tools, such as Plasticine. The most important thing is to have fun with it and show us your fantastic ideas.

To help you make your animation, we have provided some simple guidance notes for you. We also worked with a primary school to produce an inspirational animation, which showcases what can be created in the classroom along with an illustrated, step-by-step account of how we made it.

To submit your finished animation, please email us a link to Vimeo, You Tube or your school website. If it is a private page, please remember to send us a password. Please remember to include your school details and tell us a little bit about your film, in no more than 150 words

Finalists will be notified via email by mid-March 2020. A winner and a runner-up for both Primary and Secondary schools will then be announced in late March 2020 at a special location in London by our team of expert judges, including Dan Snow, Historian, Broadcaster and Author, award-winning Casting Director Kate Rhodes-James, BBC Animation Producer Barry Quinn and Anra Kennedy, Partnerships Director at Culture24.

See more information on our judges and the judging criteria here.

History Hit

Winners will be announced at the end of March 2020 and these winning entries will be showcased on History Hit TV. The winning schools will also receive £500 to support further digital and cultural learning. All entries will also be available to view on our website once the competition has closed.

Dan Snow

Dan Snow, Historian and Ambassador for Waterloo 200 says: “We know that children can make some amazing observations, and this competition will allow us all to see an important period of history through a new lens. We’re looking forward to finding out how they see the revolution, and how key moments in history are impacting on their lives today. This competition will encourage children, who may have never really thought about revolution before, to talk about it, to appreciate it and to learn from it.”

Victoria Nielson, CEO for Waterloo 200 adds: “The revolution in Europe saw seismic change and upheaval, extraordinary ideas and innovation and radical new ways of thinking, living and working. By asking schools to think about the period in a new way – through the lens of a modern medium like animation – we hope to inspire a new generation of teaching and learning about this important piece of history. Ultimately, we are looking to create a broad and varied collection of learning resources and inspirational work, created from and by, children.”

The project is also a great way to help students achieve Arts Award or to contribute to Artsmark, STEM, Heritage Schools, Digital Schools and other learning initiatives and projects.

The Age of Revolution project is a national partnership, using digitised museum and heritage collections from across the UK to bring classroom learning about the people, events and ideas of this exceptional period of history to life. It is funded by the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).

Please see the competition Terms & Conditions

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