Temple Church Tales

Working in partnership with the Aardman Academy (Yes, the Chicken Run Aardman), and with Creative Youth Network, we explored Temple Church in Bristol and used animation to tell some of its stories.

Young people from Creative Youth Network joined us to take part in this exciting animation project.

In July 2023, we visited Temple Church with Louise Bartlett, Senior Properties Curator at English Heritage, to explore and learn about the stories of the site. Whilst exploring the site, everyone considered what was most interesting to them and what story they would like to tell inspired by Temple Church.

Then we visited the Aardman Studios in Bristol where we got to go behind the scenes, meet the staff, and learn more about animation and storytelling.

With guidance and support from the incredible Aardman team, we planned our animations, considering the story, materials and sound effects. We then filmed our animations at the Aardman Studios, using the techniques and knowledge we’d learnt during the project. Our completed short films tell different stories of Temple Church from our own perspectives.

Watch the animations below!

Tom's Animation

Freya and Iris' Animation

Ollie's Animation

Ben's Animation

Scarlett's Animation

“I enjoyed the small history talk to spark our imagination.” – Temple Church Tales project participant

“I have loved my experience, gaining my skills in art and design, grown in confidence when talking to adults.” – Temple Church Tales project participant