Our Changing Climate by Dr. Felicity Liggins

Dr. Felicity Liggins

Dr. Felicity Liggins

In the UK, the winter of 2013/14 was truly record-breaking. During a lecture at Dorset County Museum on 11th February Dr Felicity Liggins of the Meteorological Office talks about the possible causes of this exceptional weather and discusses whether climate change could at least partly to blame.

The series of winter storms in 2013 was exceptional in its duration and led to the wettest December to January period since records began. Heavy rains, strong winds and high waves led to widespread flooding and coastal damage causing significant disruption to individuals, businesses and infrastructure. But the UK wasn’t alone in experiencing extreme weather. It also coincided with exceptionally cold weather in Canada and the USA and enhanced rainfall over Indonesia.

Felicity Liggins is a senior climate consultant bringing interpretation of climate science to a range of customers including the oil and gas industries and local government. She helps organisations identify the challenges and opportunities climate change could bring both in the UK and around the world, providing the confidence to make appropriate decisions.
Felicity also leads the Met Office’s STEM Outreach programme, coordinating a network of over 170 Ambassadors and working with other organisations around the UK. The programme promotes the work of the Met Office to young people and wider communities and highlights how a career in science, technology, engineering or maths can be exciting, rewarding and of benefit to society.

The lecture on our changing climate takes place at 7.00pm on Wednesday 11th February and doors are open from 6.30pm. The event is free but donations are welcome and all are welcome to attend. The event is FREE of charge but a donation of £3.00 is encouraged to cover costs. For further information please see www.dorsetcountymuseum.org or telephone 01305 262735.

A selection of short films from the Animated Exeter Festival

Animated ExeterOn Wednesday 17th July 2013, the Dorset County Museum will be screening a selection of short films from the Animated Exeter Festival 2013.  Showcasing a range of exciting new animators from the UK including independent animators, recent graduates, and young people’s animation. Screening starts at 6.30pm (doors open at 6.00pm) entry is FREE, though a £3 donation encouraged.

For further information contact the Museum on 01305 262735 or check the website on www.dorsetcountymuseum.org


Here is a programme of films that will be shown:

Independent Animators

  • The Goat Herder and his lots and lots and lots of Goats dir. William Rose, 7:12 mins. Inspired by my two year old niece who having seen a goat herder in Spain kept chanting ‘lots and lots and lots of goats!’ The story follows a day in the life of a goat herder and his flock of goats as they travel up and down the mountains of Spain, There is no dialogue. The story is told using sound and movement.
  • Superfast Samosa dir. Sundeep Toor, 1:28 mins. Breakout the mango chutney, cos everyone wants a piece of him! The gingerbread man story retold with a Bollywood twist.
  • The Fat Cat dir. Mole Hill, 1:00 mins. Etched in wax from a garage somewhere in Cheshire, the fat cat always gets what it wants.
  • Saturdays dir. Hanieh Shojaee, 5:31 mins. In an ederly nursing home it is a custom that every Saturday a visitor family come and choose one of the old people as their new grandparent. Today is one of those Saturdays.
  • Focus dir. Andy Shackleford, 4:44 mins. This music video visualises the journey singer/songwriter Ryan Keen has taken to follow his dream, being brave and taking that fearful step away from the security of an everyday job and living to pursue his dreams as a musician.
  • Birdfood dir. Richard Keane, 4:44 mins. A man plans to eat his lunch in the park but the local pigeons have other ideas!

Under 18s

  • Wicked Witch dir. Laurie Cousins. Under 12, 2:10 mins. Hand drawn animation in which a witch is looking for a green bellied rat for her potion but a boy stops her getting it.
  • Polar Bear dir. Joe Blandamer , Under 12, 00:45 mins. Climate change in the Arctic and its effects on Polar Bears.
  • Anwylyd & The Donkey dir. Corris Primary School. Under 12, 7:38 mins. When the Prince gets turned into a Donkey, he must travel across the entire kingdom in search of a way to break the hideous spell upon him. A farmer’s daughter, a wise pig and a two headed dragon will all help him solve the riddle and restore the Kingdom to normal.
  • The Helpful Dead dir. Wyke Regis Junior School. Under 12, 3 mins.  A grieving mother, an Olympic sailor in trouble and a drowning boy who becomes a legend: the Helpful Deaf is the story of a tall ship sunk off Dead Man’s Cove, Portland in 1872, and an emotional link with the 2012 sailing events.
  • Farmyard’s Got Talent! dir. Joe Blandamer . Under 18, 01:01 mins. Crackling the pig tries his hand at animal impersonations!
  • Greyworth Museum dir. Aelfred Hillman. Under 12, 1:27 mins. The ‘Greyworth Museum’ is thrown into chaos when its prize exhibit is stolen in broad day light!
  • Laurilie takes a Bath Mary Tavy and Brentor Primary Schools. Under 12, 1:30 mins. Looking at the theme of water.
  • Helium dir. Joe Blandamer. Under 18, 00:46 mins. A boy investigates the effects of helium with a surprising result!

2012 Graduates

  • Merfolk dir. Rory Waudby-Tolley, Bournemouth University, NCCA. 2:34 mins. An animated mock-umentary film set in an alternate reality. Forced to leave the polluted oceans an elderly couple of Merfolk refugees discuss the society they now live in and how they have adapted to their new life.
  • Playtime dirs. Benjamin Kwok & Bhavik Patel/ Director Benjamin Kwok, Bournemouth University, NCCA. 2:12 mins. A fun quirky, visual effects filled short about giant toys which live in our city. They have lived with us for a while and have started to integrate themselves into our day to day life with varying degrees of success.
  • Dear Diary dir. Julia Pressler. Bournemouth University, NCCA. 1:26 mins. If you found the diary of someone you liked, would you read it or not? This is the question ordinary guy Todd has to face in the animated short. His struggle with his own curiosity is presented in a simple but artistic way combining digital 2D silhouettes with modern 3D animations.
  • Dandelion dir. Tengs Sviggum, University of Glamorgan. 2:04 mins. A gentle breeze brings with it the seeds of change.
  • Azoic dirs. Jack Kersey, Anthony Green, David Khosab. Bournemouth University, NCCA. 2:12 mins. This project was an abstract piece, set in an entirely fictional world. It presents us with a visual journey through a world populated by computer inspired creatures and environments. In each scene there is a theme from nature built using computer components and other technology inspired devices.
  • Cosmo dir. Gregory Holgate, Arts University College, Bournemouth. 4:19 mins. Stuck in the rafters of a grand theatre, a lamp dreams of the spotlight.
  • Undercolour dir. Emanuela Gatto, NCCA, Bournemouth. 4:41 mins. Undercolour is a short animation, genre drama. It is based on Plato’s Myth of the Cave and it talks about an epiphany. Unfortunately the knowledge of truth generates a sense of alienation for the main character.
  • The Monster dir. Toby Dixon, Arts University College, Bournemouth. 3:29 mins. A brave little warrior and her trusty steed are on a quest to rid the forest of a monster. But is Little truly prepared for what will face her at the end of her journey?
  • Shell and Paddy dir.Thomas Spettel & Joseph Hill, University College, Falmouth. 4 mins. Paddy a low life scavenger finds a tasty snack which is Shell a cute looking bug whose hard shell protects him from anything with big teeth but maybe not hands. However small Shell has no intention of becoming a snack. It’s slapstick comedy in a weird but funny animal world.

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