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On show for the first time 'Marcus & The Mystery of the Pudding Pans'

Staff and graduates of Computer Animation Arts at the University for the Creative Arts (UCA) Rochester have created an animated short for an exhibition at the Seaside Museum Herne Bay. 'The Mystery of The Roman Pudding Pans' runs from now until 2 June.


(At the Private View, Right-Left: Lake Blumenthal, Phil Gomm, Emily Clarkson, Nat Urwin and Sandra Porter)

The ‘Marcus & The Mystery of the Pudding Pans’ animation and exhibition are a Heritage-Lottery-funded project and represent a collaboration between the Seaside Museum, UCA Rochester’s Computer Animation Arts course and Herne Bay Junior School. Ultimately the animation will be produced as a DVD for schools to enrich their respective curricula and to help encourage children to develop an interest in our past.

The animation was written, produced and directed by Phil Gomm – Course Leader for Computer Animation Arts.  The course teaching team also played creative roles – Alan Postings, Senior Lecturer, Simon Holland, Technical Tutor, and Nat Urwin, Sessional Animator. In addition to this, Computer Animation Arts graduates Ethan Shilling, Emily Clarkson, Deanna Crisbacher and Thomas Smith all played pivotal roles.

The animation features not only professional voice-actors but also the voice talents of Lake Blumenthal, a pupil at the Herne Bay Junior School, who was auditioned late in 2018 for the lead role of 'Marcus'. The animation also features a whole shoal of fish, designed for the animation by more of the children at the school.

Paula Amos from Herne Bay Junior School said: “The animation has exceeded our expectations. The children will take away so much from this experience but most of all a new-found confidence in themselves, a true enrichment opportunity for our children. Phil Gomm has been amazing to work alongside and an absolute credit to the university.”


Sandra Porter, the trustee of the Seaside Museum who came up with the idea for the exhibition and animation said: “Each step has been a new adventure for those involved at the Museum. Introducing the idea to the school and seeing their enthusiasm and support has encouraged community involvement. The film has far exceeded my expectations. It brings the story to life but still leaves an unanswered question what did really happen? Perhaps further investigation will discover the answer.”

Pudding Pans Excerpt from Alan Postings on Vimeo.

To find out more information about the exhibition and to visit:

Visit the Computer Arts Animation website or follow them on Twitter.