Cumberland pupils create animated First World War documentaries

Students of Cumberland School at the screening of a special project with the Imperial War Museum cal

Students of Cumberland School at the screening of a special project with the Imperial War Museum called New Perspectives. - Credit: Archant

African artefacts dating back to the First World War were brought to life in a series of animated documentaries created by students from Cumberland School.

Students of Cumberland School at the screening of a special project with the Imperial War Museum cal

Students of Cumberland School at the screening of a special project with the Imperial War Museum called New Perspectives. - Credit: Archant

African artefacts dating back to the First World War were brought to life in a series of animated documentaries created by students from Cumberland School.

More than 20 children from year eight were involved in the project in conjunction with Chocolate Films and the Imperial War Museums.

Pupils attended weekly workshops across three months at IWM London to focus on the historical context of World War One in Africa before choosing a theme and artefact to base their film around.

Teacher Shahid Hussain said the project had given those involved “a very memorable experience”.


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“As a school it has been great value because we want to give our kids a rounded experience, not just about learning in the classroom, but having different opportunities,” she said.

The films were screened for pupils, parents and staff during a special presentation evening.

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