British Universities Film & Video Council

moving image and sound, knowledge and access


THROUGH THE GLASS CEILING (1994) (courtesy of the Leeds Animation Workshop)
Leeds Animation Workshop is a not-for-profit, cooperative company, which produces and distributes animated films and videos on social and educational issues. Holds animated films produced by the Workshop since 1978. The organisation began in 1976 as a group of women friends who came together to make a film about the need for pre-school childcare. After completing WHO NEEDS NURSERIES? - WE DO! the group was formally established in 1978 as Leeds Animation Workshop. Since the mid-1980’s the Workshop has been run by five women, who between them carry out all stages of the production process, from initial research to final distribution.

The films are all produced in consultation with organisations and individuals involved in the relevant field. The Workshop specialises in making complex or sensitive issues more accessible to audiences, and at times offering an alternative point of view. As well as production and distribution, the Workshop has been involved in many associated activities, such as organising screenings of films by women and black directors, and providing workshop sessions in basic animation for adults and young people.
Artefact description
Material associated with our own films from 1978 to the present including films, scripts, storyboards, etc. Also 16mm animation equipment.
Animated films
Visits to Leeds Animation Workshop by appointment only: 0113 2484997 or Staff are available to assist.
Re: personal collection, contact me,
Viewing on premises. Viewing off premises. Sales. DVD and VHS copies are available.
Copyright held.

Moving Image, Audio and Related Documentation Holdings

Film components: over 30 films on 16mm, each over 15 mins.
Video: The film collection has been transferred onto video and DVD.
Video components: VHS Video, lo-band U-Matic, Beta/Beta-SP, 1-inch Video.
100% colour film. Animated films.

Artefact and Related Documentation Holdings

Eos video line tester. Also peg bars, graticules, etc. and other material associated with three decades of 16mm film animation.; Animation artwork and cels; Computer animation software
Mainly associated with 3 decades of Leeds Animation Workshop production, etc. Also personal interests.; Contracts; Catalogues; Correspondence; Cue sheets; Diaries, unpublished memoirs etc; Equipment manuals; Scripts and treatments; Storyboards; Personal papers; Posters and promotional artwork; Photographs; Promotional literature; Other production documentation; Ephemera
Neilson Hordell animation rostrum with 16mm camera and associated lights etc. 16mm Bolex cameras. 6-plate Steenbeck etc.; Cine cameras; Editing equipment and viewers; Studio and location lighting; Camera mounts and accessories
1. Leeds Animation Workshop has artwork associated with its films. 2. I have a small personal collection of projected artworks/installation equipment using super 8, 16mm and DVD.; Art works; Associated projection/installation equipment
Projection & Viewing
Personal collection, partly in the garage.; Flick books and associated technologies; Slides; Slide projectors; Other viewers
Leeds Animation Workshop still has a 6 plate Steenbeck but discarded its 16mm sound effects and pic-syncs etc some years ago. However I still have one or two pic-syncs and a few sound fx at home, together with other similar items discarded by Film Labs North. They have mainly been in a garage though for lack of space and are probably going rusty.
Toys & Games
Not sure about these but there are a few scattered, battered, random examples at home, including one or two kaleidoscopes etc.; Toys; Video games, computer games
TV, Video & Digital
Television monitors


Printed catalogue

Additional Information

Catalogue regularly updated available on request. Notes for most films available on request.
Other information
Notes for individual films available on request.
Conservation policy
Until now material has not been discarded.
Artefact notes

Main Contact

Ms. Terry Wragg
Job title
0113 262 9959 / 0113 248 4997
0113 248 4997
45 Bayswater Row

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