The Bob Godfrey Cataloguing Project

BOB Godfrey Archives day 4

I’m Carryl Church and I’ve been given the exciting task of cataloguing the Archive of British Animator Bob Godfrey held at the Animation Archives at UCA’s Farnham campus.  To read more about Bob’s life and work http://community.ucreative.ac.uk/article/40966/Bob-Godfrey-Biography

The collection comprises over 400 boxes of original drawings and artwork, animation cels, scripts, storyboards and all manner of treasures including photographs from Bob’s career.

This provides a fascinating insight into the processes of traditional 2D animation, with the use of acetate cels. The collection is also illuminating in terms of social history, art history and marketing, covering themes such as politics, propaganda, gender portrayal, marketing and branding

The cataloguing process involves following International Standards of Archival Description (ISAD[G]) and while there are currently no guidelines for the cataloguing of Animation archives, similar processes can be seen within film records.

The process involves:

  • Collating historical research on the animations, including animation terminology, subject themes, animation collaborators, and dates
  • Arranging the records to reflect the creator’s intent, and the processes involved in animation
  • Ensuring the catalogue is online and referenced to ensure accessibility

Updates of the progress will be accessible on this blog.

So far I’ve been researching his life and films trying to gain as much information as I can to build up a picture of the collection for the catalogue.  To give a good overview I’ll be starting with a synopsis and description of the different titles and building up from there.  Some of his most well known work such as Henry’s Cat, Margaret Thatcher, Where Am I Now? and his academy award winning short Great will be among the first areas to be catalogued.

This is a great opportunity to make this body of work available for research to staff and students of UCA and beyond.

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