Lights, camera, action! Hampton Court Palace seeks budding filmmakers for 500th anniversary movie mission

Lights, camera, action! Hampton Court Palace seeks budding filmmakers for 500th anniversary movie mission


11 February 2015

New ‘Movie Maker Mission’ to celebrate 500 years of royal history

Family workshops take place this half-term, 16 – 21 February 

Hampton Court Palace, King Henry VIII’s former home, is celebrating its 500th anniversary this year. To mark this very special occasion, charity Historic Royal Palaces is teaming up with Aardman Animations to create a short film that will capture the palace’s fascinating history - five centuries of court politics, drama, romance and intrigue – in less than five minutes!

A year of movie-making activities and workshops at the palace will encourage children and young people to produce illustrations inspired by the palace’s history that will be animated for the film, bringing 500 years of terrific tales vividly to life.

Family workshops will begin at the palace this half-term from 16 February, offering visitors of all ages the chance to discover the history of the palace, learn a variety of animation techniques and leave a drawing behind for inclusion in the final film. These drop-in workshops and drawing activities will also be on offer on various dates until the end of August, on weekends and during the Easter and summer school holidays. 

More intensive day-long storytelling and animation workshops for children aged 4 – 11 years old will take place on 27 June (at Kensington Palace), 18 July and 15 August (Hampton Court Palace) with animation workshops for young people aged 11 – 14 years old being held on 6 June, 13 June, 11 July and 1 August at Hampton Court Palace (due to limited availability, these day-long sessions must be booked in advance).

Aspiring illustrators unable to visit the palace can still get involved by visiting the Movie Maker Mission website, which features animation and drawing activities, films, weekly competitions, and a blog charting the progress of the film’s development.

Local schools and youth groups will also help to create the script, the voices, sounds and music for the film which will premiere at the palace during October half-term (24 October to 1 November). To find out more, visit   

Notes for Editors

Dates and times for all workshops can be found online at All workshops and activities are included in the price of a palace ticket.

For more information and images, please contact Laura Hutchinson or Adam Budhram in the Historic Royal Palaces Press Office: 020 3166 6166 or 

Historic Royal Palaces is the independent charity that looks after the Tower of London, Hampton CourT Palace, the Banqueting House, Kensington Palace,  Kew Palace and Hillsborough Castle.  We help everyone explore the story of how monarchs and people have shaped society, in some of the greatest palaces ever built. We raise all our own funds and depend on the support of our visitors, members, donors, sponsors and volunteers. These palaces are owned by The Queen on behalf of the nation, and we manage them for the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (with the exception of Hillsborough Castle).  Registered charity number 1068852.  For more information, visit  

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