Posted by on December 4, 2017 at 1:47 pm

Digital Victorians students went to Wakefield Museum and had a comic workshop to see how they could convert a historical object into a comic strip story. We toured the museum, selected an item of interest and – guided by Jade Sarson, a Lincoln-based illustrator and comic artist who fuses British roots with Japanese influences – created a comic of the object we chose.

Wakefield Museums hold in their collection ballot boxes used in the first secret ballot in parliamentary elections.  Putting a cross to a name on a ballot paper is taken for granted today.  The Pontefract by-election in 1872 changed the democratic process and made elections safer and fairer. Curator John Whitaker has always liked comics as ways of telling stories of the past. Wakefield Museum Service were successful in securing funding from The Speaker’s Art Fund to create a comic telling the story of Pontefract’s secret ballot and Jade was the artist. There are samples of the comic at http://teahermit.co.uk/comics and the comic will be widely available shortly …

These are some of the comics Digital Victorians students created…

Comic showing the uses of taxidermy and the emotional connections it can save. Olivia Gordon.

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Comic depicting the story of a watch worn by Cpt R.Ede England (King’s own Yorkshire Light Infantry) on the first day of the Battle of the Somme, 1st July 1916. Alex Taylor.

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Comic showing why the invention of the metal mining helmet in the early 20th Century was important. Laura Saunders.

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La historia de un niño durante la Primera Guerra Mundial, se puede observar la habitación de un niño vacía y aparentemente intacta. Pero si te adentras en las profundidades de esa habitacion podemos ver una carta. Una carta sobre un enamorado despidiéndose de su amada, ya que teme que va a morir. Lo aterrador de esta letra es que todo forma parte de la imaginación del niño y de todo lo que esta viviendo en esta época. Alba Luque Porca.

This is a biography of our trip to Wakefield Museum. It is some of the conversations i had with other members of the group. The last drawing is looking from the museum towards Emley moor television mast. Steve Athorn.

Steve 1This is a biography of our trip to Wakefield Museum. It is some of the conversations i had with other members of the group. The last drawing is looking from the museum towards Emley moor television mast.

Lors de notre excursion au musée de Wakefield, nous avons eu la chance de découvrir le monde des bandes dessinées. Après un petit cours sur l’histoire des bandes dessinées et après avoir choisi un objet dans ce musée, nous avons dessiné une histoire sur cet objet. J’ai choisi “the emergency chocolate box”. Ophelie Arnould.

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You can see more work by students on Digital Victorians at http://mhm.hud.ac.uk/digitalvictorians/

 

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