Magical Movies

National Curriculum Science Area: Art and Design

Key Stage: 3 and 4

Length of session: 1–2 hours

Maximum group size: 25–30 students

Students will discover the early history the moving image through hands-on exploration of a variety of Victorian optical toys for animation. Students will then be set a group design challenge to design and build a model prototype of a museum exhibit to demonstrate the workings of an early optical animation device.

This workshop provides an ideal introduction to the Museum and a real context in which to apply design considerations.

This session links with the online exhibition of Victorian optical toys from the Museum’s collection, Fancy Names and Fun Toys.