Mary Ann Macham was an escaped slave who found her way from Virginia, USA and arrived in North Shields on Christmas Day 1831. The North Shields Heritology Project set 11 pupils in Year 9 an incredible challenge. They researched and edited a script which they then narrated telling Mary Ann’s epic story.

Students produced a 5 minute stop motion animation film which includes music and sound effects- everything being done on their iPads. Working in four teams, they had only 8 hours to complete the task – each team creating a chapter of Mary Ann’s incredible story. Most of the pupils had no previous experience of working with stop motion animation. We are really proud of the hard work and effort they put in to produce this piece of work as part of #HistoricHighStreets.

Funded by Historic England, Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), Arts Council England and National Lottery Heritage Fund. Thanks to Writer Sue Miller and Animator Katy Hackers for their help with this project.