Roobarb in I Love 1974: A Volunteer’s Experience

Creating Family Activities with Material from the Roobarb Series

The archives and special collections are happy to be hosting volunteers doing work experience as part of their Photography degree. Sophie Maggs has been working with animation material from Roobarb (a series in the Bob Godfrey animation archive) to create family activities for a display at Surrey History Centre:

My week in the Archive

My name is Sophie and I am a second year photography student and have just spent the last four days working in the Archive department. For my professional futures unit this year we were required to find work experience in an area that has an interest to us.

Material from the Roobarb Series

Material from the Roobarb Series

The archive department has an archive on the TV animation Roobarb. In the archive there are some of the original sketches and storyboards used to create the TV animation. I have been looking through all of the stuff to get inspiration for family activities that The Surrey History Centre can use for an event on Roobarb looking at 1974. From looking at all of the stuff in the archive I have been able to come up with lots of different family activities that are mostly Roobarb related or number related to go with the theme of the year.

Catalogue Hierarchy for Roobarb

Online Catalogue Hierarchy for Roobarb

I looked at some of the activities that The Surrey History Centre had for an event on the Tudors to get some inspiration and an idea of what they were looking for in terms of activities. After looking at everything that I had access to I was able to come up with and create lots of different activities.

I did create my own word search but instead of doing it in the basic grid  I created one in the shape of a car and the other in the shape of a star – I thought it would make it more interesting to look at and for people to do.

I found looking at [Roobarb] interesting and exciting because not many people can say that they have seen some of the original sketches from the TV animation, Roobarb. These are some of the activities that I created in the last four days. Including spot the difference, a quiz and copies of the original hand draw sketches to colour in.

Activities inspired by Roobarb material, including a wordsearch, spot the difference, guess the colour, and create your own storyboard.

Activities inspired by Roobarb material, including a wordsearch, spot the difference, guess the colour, and create your own storyboard.

Sophie Maggs, Photography Student at the University for the Creative Arts.

The Roobarb series has now been catalogued and is available to view via the Archives and Special Collections Online Catalogue. For access to the collection, please email archives@ucreative.ac.uk.

Images are for educational use only and are copyright University for the Creative Arts. Roobarb material courtesy of the Bob Godfrey Family. Roobarb and Custard copyright A+Btv and Grange Calveley. For further information please contact archives@ucreative.ac.uk.

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