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Love Wallace and Gromit? Remember Morph? Discover original models and artwork from over 100 animations. See science in action as still images come to life!

Explore the history of animation and animated images—including animation produced right here in the UK. See some favourite characters, look back at animation through the ages, and discover how animators work their magic.

Animation on the small screen

Come face-to-face with the Smash Martians, and see artwork, storyboards and sets from the likes of The Wombles, Bob the Builder and The Wrong Trousers—complete with Wallace and the notorious 'Feathers' McGraw! Follow the development of animation for an adult audience by Channel 4 and the BBC.

Moving pictures

How do our eyes perceive movement? What did the earliest forms of animation look like? Discover the answers with traditional optical toys such as the zoetrope. See major objects from our cinematography collection. Get hands-on with our interactive display to understand how these devices work.

100 years of animation

Get comfy in our viewing booth and watch clips from a variety of animated films, from 1897 to the present day. Learn about animation techniques from cut-outs to CGI, and explore the history of famous animators including Walt Disney and Lotte Reiniger.

Animation in Britain

Find out all about animators and studios based in the UK, from 1940s pioneers Halas & Batchelor to the ever-popular Aardman, creators of Wallace and Gromit and Shaun the Sheep. Watch clips and see original artwork, puppet models and sets from titles including Animal Farm, Danger Mouse, Morph, and Jason and the Argonauts.

Now you try!

Get to grips with the process of animation, from original idea to final film: there's scripts, storyboards and style sheets to contend with, plus a range of methods to choose from. Before you go, why not have a go at making your own simple animation? It's not as easy as it looks!

Learning in the Animation Gallery

This colourful gallery explores film and television animation. Optical toys, 19th century apparatus and hundreds of characters—both on screen and on display—show the development of the moving image.

Students can understand the impact of animation on advertising; learn about the development of animation and children's TV in Britain; investigate optical illusions; try their hand at animating; and come face-to-face with some classic characters.

If your class is studying animation, why not book one of our animation workshops too?