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Energy history animations and films 


Between 2009 and 2011 Polly Hudson and Steve Evans worked on a series of energy animations and scripts as an extension of their long term collaboration on 4D animated evolution models.  These included samples produced for the UK Green Building Council visualising future local renewable energy generation, added to historical evolution narratives. 


The question then arose of how 4D evolution models could be used to provide accessible, visual public information on the historical growth of UK energy consumption. Funding towards development costs was generously contributed by the Wates Foundation and supported through a Visiting Fellowship awarded to Polly Hudson by the Centre for the Historic Environment, Kellogg College, University of Oxford in 2010.  Images for the animations were generously provided by the educational team at Heritage Explorer and English Heritage Archives. We are grateful to many other archive collections for providing open source images and film clips,  and in certain cases for supplying images free of charge 


The project resulted in a series of scripts and sample films introducing issues around climate change and exploring the history of energy history in London. Please contact us if you would like copies of scripts for educational use.


Test animations were also developed samples of which are shown below




























Work during this period also involved the production of tools to allow visual comparisons of statistical data to be made - relating to carbon emissions (bottom) and environmental footprints (top),  measured in global hectares -spatially (ie between say London, New York and Bamoko) and in temporal terms too (ie in 1500 compared to say 1850, 1980, 2010 and 2016).  

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