Animating History

Animating History

Animating History is an innovative workshop program for youth that connects media literacy and storytelling with building a sense of community through the creative exploration of local history. Students work with a professional animator, learn “hands on” all parts of the animation process, and create a one-minute historical animated film. Sound is recorded after filming and a dedicated score is created in post-production. [read more]


2015 – 2016 Series

The Steveston Tram

This short was done by students at the Richmond Museum in a one-day workshop on June 15, 2016. The students were taught about the history of the interurban tram that ran between Steveston and Marpole from 1905 to 1958. Features animation by Lord Byng Elementary students.


The Mummy Panechates

This is the story of the boy mummy Panechates at the Museum of Vancouver, featuring animations by students from Dasmesh Punjabi School, St. Francis Xavier Elementary, St. Jude’s Elementary and Parkcrest Elementary.


The Anti-Asian Riots of 1907

This story is based on the events of September 7th, 1907 when 15,000 men rioted in Vancouver’s Chinatown and Japantown. Features animation by students from Kerrisdale Elementary, Confederation Park Elementary, David Lloyd George Elementary, Quilchena Elementary, École Jules Quesnel and Tennyson Elementary.


The Gold Rush

This story is based on the writings of prospector Joseph Halpenny who came overland to B.C.’s Cariboo in the 1860s in search of gold. Features animation by students from Beach Grove Elementary and BC Muslim School.


The Great BC Fur Trade

Features animation by students from Confederation Park Elementary.


The Great Vancouver Fire of 1886

This story is based on the events of June 13th, 1886 when the new city of Vancouver burned to the ground in less than 30 minutes. Features animation by students from Fraser Academy.


Britannia Shipyard – Spring Break Animation Camp

To see past years’ Animating History videos, click here.