WATCH: Children share story of Lyme Regis’ ‘kindest citizen’ in new animation for museum

TO mark its centenary year, Lyme Regis Museum has launched its own animated film, ‘Thomas Coram: Lyme Legend’, celebrating the life of the town’s “kindest citizen” and founder of England’s first charity, The Foundlings Hospital.

The animation, which has been produced by children from St Michael’s Primary School and The Woodroffe School and narrated by Chris Tipping of Lyme Bay Radio, has been generously funded by Lyme Regis Town Council from resources pledged to the museum through its grant scheme.

With the guidance of art teachers Dot Wood and Alison Bowskill, and the expert support of animator Matthew Dean, the finished film wis now available on the museum’s YouTube channel or you can watch it above.

Museum director David Tucker said: “This is second time we’ve worked with our local schools to produce an animated film.

“Their previous work, explaining the town’s famous 1839 Landslip has been viewed by thousand in the museum.

“As soon as we’re able, the Thomas Coram film will be on show in the museum too.

“When the situation allows, we’re looking forward to a premiere, so the young people can share their work with their parents and town councillors.”

Nick Kiddle, headteacher at St Michael’s, added: “Our children, having one of their classes in school named after Thomas Coram, were inspired to be actively involved in this project; understanding more about one of Lyme’s important characters.

“It was wonderful to see their involvement and enthusiasm working on the film, an amazing experience they will now be able to share with others.”

Art teacher Dot Wood commented: “It was so good to work on a project about caring for abandoned children with our local youngsters.

“I’ve long felt that the Thomas Coram story is one that Lyme residents should be made far more aware of, as he is someone who came from Lyme and we should be recognising him as a local hero.

“I hope that sharing this film will help us do that.”

Lyme Regis Museum strives to make a difference to the lives of local people and over the last three years has run a series of free events for local people of all ages.

The museum also presents children at St Michael’s and Mrs Ethelston’s schools with free admission tickets each year.

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