Bob Godfrey Talk, Farnham Public Library, 28th January 2014

Farnham library on Tuesday 28 January at 7.30pm

General information

A talk by James Walker, Lecturer of visual theory at UCA, on the Bob Godfrey archive held at the University of the Creative Arts.

The Bob Godfrey archive includes his animations from Henry’s Cat and Roobarb and Custard which will be familiar to everyone who grew up on the 1970’s and 80’s.  

It also holds some collaborative work with Steve Bell, political cartoonist on the series Margaret Thatcher – Where I am now, 1999

Bob Godfrey taught animation at West Sur­rey School of Art and Design.


Tickets are £5  including tea or coffee.

Book online using debit or credit cards.

Telephone debit/credit card bookings on 01483 543599. A small handling charge may apply.

Tickets can also be bought in person from any Surrey library. 

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Animating Archives


A selection of materials from the Bob Godfrey collection were brought from their usual home at in the Animation Archive at Farnham to the CG Arts and Animation department at UCA Rochester.  First year CG Arts and Animation students were given the opportunity to see for themselves a collection of works and ephemera from one of Britain’s animation greats. Godfrey (1921 – 2013) founded the animation course at Farnham as well as being the first British Oscar-winning animator for his 1975 short animated film “Great”.


Through collaboration between the Archivist, Learning and Teaching Librarian and Course Leader, Phil Gomm, the day was organised to allow students to learn more about the archive collections at UCA, understand them in terms of the wider context of their own research and study, whilst accessing the animation collection first hand.  The day focused around one of Godfrey’s best known works “Henry’s Cat”, a children’s series screened in the 1980s and 1990s.  Students were able to look through the original materials from the programme and explore and discuss the cel drawn animation method. In addition, running orders from the shows were available to see exactly how an episode was put together, with frame by frame annotation, direction and narration. Included in the collection were a selection of Godfrey’s own books which he used to source ideas and annotated and illustrated with his own comments and observations. Students will be producing art work in response to their encounter with the Bob Godfrey archive



The day formed part of a longer term initiative put together by Rebekah Taylor, Archivist and Adele Martin-Bowtell, Learning and Teaching Librarian to raise awareness among students and staff of the opportunities to utilise archives in their subject specific creative arts learning and education. The project recognises the importance of allowing students steer and interact creatively with archive use in a library context.

Find out more about the Bob Godfrey Archive at

Adele Martin-Bowtell

Learning & Teaching Librarian, UCA Rochester

Inspiration for Animation: Artists and the Archive

On the 16th November Farnham Public Library is hosting a workshop, Inspiration for Animation: Artists and the Archive. Through the Bob Godfrey Archive, Britain’s first winning animator, located at UCA Farnham, this will explore how artists can use archival material in their own practice.

 For more information about Bob Godfrey please see here

 Tickets are £10 and must be booked in advance either online through the Surrey Libraries events page, at any Surrey Library or by telephoning 01483 543599

The Animation Archive at UCA

Library and student services at UCA are pleased to announce their new management of the Animation Archive at UCA

The collection includes the Halas & Batchelor digital collection; the archive of the internationally renowned Animator, Bob Godfrey (who started the Animation course at the West Surrey College of Art and Design), including his Oscar winning production, Great, his children’s animation, Henry’s Cat and never before realised Animation, Such as Jumbo, The Elephant You’ll Never forget, ; and also the contemporary collections donated by Daniel Greaves (with artwork from the animation Simon’s Cat), Jo Wonder and Kristian Andrews.

With records such as storyboards, scripts, animation cels, and correspondence, providing an insight into the design process, the archive explores a wide range of themes such as gender, politics and satire (such as Margaret Thatcher, Where am I Now?, circa 1999, which was a collaborative project with Steve Bell the political cartoonist), propaganda, and sex and satire.

Please see our webpage for more information

The Bob Godfrey Archive