The Wash Animation Project

Photo:A Hansa ship

A Hansa ship

Photo:Brainstorming all of the groups ideas for the wash film

Brainstorming all of the groups ideas for the wash film

Photo:An oystercatcher

An oystercatcher

King's Lynn Town Hall, August 2012

Wash & Fen: A History of Changing Landscapes

Summer Learning Event (2012) Overview

The Fens Museum Partnerships first community workshop for the ongoing HLF project, Fenland Lives & Land. A group of 7 young people from the local area came to King’s Lynn Town Hall to learn all about the Wash Estuary and its intricate relationship to the adjacent Fenlands. Participants had the opportunity to handle a variety of real museum objects at Lynn Museum, which was opened up especially for the group by Collections Officer Tim Thorpe, as well as hearing tales from the past of how these two important landscapes have affected the life and culture of the area and how they have changed over the centuries. They then worked with a professional film-maker to produce a stop-motion animation based upon their discoveries. This is to feature in one of the touring exhibitions; Wild Fens:Journey back to Ancient Landscapes.


The workshop went very well. The fantastic four-minute epic produced (it takes 10 frames to produce one second of animation) is testament to the enthusiasm and creativity of everyone involved. It includes scenes showing King John losing his treasure in the Wash’s tide, the impact of the Hanseatic League on the town of King’s Lynn and the Seventeenth Century drainage of the Fens led by Cornelius Vermuyden. Each scene is explained by the rap that was constructed by the group as a team effort, as performed by 14 year old Liam, one of the participants of the event.


Evaluation of the event was overwhelmingly positive, with participant comments including ‘It was awesome!’ and ‘I hope more stuff like this goes on in the future’. Parent/Guardian feedback included one mother who said that she was astonished at what her autistic son had achieved during the week, both creatively and socially. Another positive outcome of the project was that we gained several enthusiastic new recruits to the King’s Lynn Youth Forum.

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