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Early Man Half Term at the National Science and Media Museum

The National Science and Media Museum is delighted to be partnering with Aardman and STUDIOCANAL for its Early Man Half Term event, packed with film screenings, activities, displays of original movie props and behind-the-scenes tips and tricks for budding animators.

Early Man is the new feature film from Academy Award® winning director Nick Park and Aardman, creators of Wallace & Gromit and Shaun the Sheep, in cinemas from 26 January 2018. Set at the dawn of time when prehistoric creatures roamed the earth, it tells the story of courageous caveman hero Dug (Eddie Redmayne) and his best friend Hognob as they unite his tribe against mighty enemy Lord Nooth (Tom Hiddleston) and his Bronze Age City to save their home.

The National Science and Media Museum will be screening Early Man throughout February half term (10–18 February 2018) alongside unique events and experiences, from mass-participation animations featuring an entire cinema audience, to clay modelling and getting close up to displays of original sets and artwork from the film.

John Darnbrough, Learning Programmes Developer at the museum, said:

‘We’re thrilled to be working with Aardman again and we know how much our visitors love the characters and stories they create. Early Man looks like it will be another classic and we can’t wait to show audiences how some of the magic is created as part of our unique fun-filled family half term. We’ll have original sets from the film on display and behind-the-scenes footage, as well as our own hands-on animation activities.’

Early Man will screen throughout half term at the National Science and Media Museum. Tickets can be booked via Picturehouse at National Science and Media Museum (0871 902 5756).

In addition to seeing the film, visitors to Early Man Half Term can:

  • Meet Aardman animator and Early Man animation director Will Becher (Monday 12 February only)
  • See displays of original Early Man sets, artwork and props
  • Take part in mass-participation animation activities including a giant Early Man flipbook
  • Enjoy unique animation workshops in the cinema before film screenings
  • Learn about the technology behind animation in the museum’s Wonderlab Studio
  • Design a prehistoric catapult to help hero Dug escape from Lord Nooth, and create favourite Early Man characters out of clay



For further details or images please contact Phil Oates at / 01274 203 317

The National Science and Media Museum in Bradford, West Yorkshire, opened in 1983, and has since become one of the most visited UK museums outside London. The museum explores the science and culture of image and sound technologies, creating special exhibitions, interactive galleries and activities for families and adults. It is home to three cinemas, including Europe’s first IMAX cinema screen and the world’s only public Cinerama screen outside the USA. Entry to the museum is free.

Aardman, based in Bristol, UK, co-founded and run by Peter Lord and David Sproxton, is a world leader in animation. The studio produces feature films, series, advertising and digital entertainment for both the domestic and international markets. Aardman’s multi-award winning productions are novel, entertaining, brilliantly characterised and full of charm that reflects the unique talent, energy and personal commitment of the very special people who make up the Aardman team. The studio’s work is often imitated and yet the company continues to lead the field, producing a rare brand of visually stunning and amusing independent and commercial productions. Find out more at the Aardman website.