Big Screens, Short Animations

Monday 26 September 2011



The BBC Big Screen in Swansea has been taken over by little people as 7 children’s animations about the history of Wales are currently on show.

The films are part of the Cadw inspired initiative Songs from Stones, a ground-breaking animation education project which began in 2009 and which will run each year until 2013.

Songs from Stones is a unique and engaging way of delivering the skills-based curriculum in and out of the classroom, providing challenging and high quality experiences for teachers and children alike.  

In a selection of schools throughout Wales, Cadw provided the training, software, cameras and rostrums to enable pupils to create short animations inspired by, and interpreting, a historical site. Each year, the finished animations are shown at an end of year premiere event in the local area where pupils and teachers give short presentations about their involvement in the project.

In 2009 the project involved five Anglesey primary schools who created films focusing on five of the island’s prehistoric sites: Barclodiad y Gawres, Bryn Celli Ddu, Din Lligwy, Llyn Cerrig Bach and Parys Mountain.

In 2010, four Denbighshire and Flintshire primary schools and a Welsh language youth group created animated films inspired by, and interpreting, medieval castles in north-east Wales – Denbigh, Ewloe, Flint and Rhuddlan.

This year, the project involved 5 primary schools in Monmouthshire, Newport and Powys who focused on Roman sites in south-east Wales – Brecon Gaer, Caerleon and Caerwent. The project will continue in 2012, focusing on Abbeys in south-west Wales and in 2013, focusing on castles in north-west Wales.

For the BBC Big Screen Event, 7 films from a cross-section of schools have been chosen, representing a range of different periods in history. The films can also be viewed on or Cadw’s