A zoetrope on display in Hertford Museum
A zoetrope is one of several pre-film animation machines used to produce the illusion of moving images. It works by displaying a sequence of drawings which are viewed through slits in anrevolving drum.
Looking through the zoetrope’s slits before it starts revolving.
Although several different people invented similar machines during the mid 1800s the name zoetrope (from the Greek root words ζωή zoe, “life” and τρόπος tropos, “turning”) came from an American inventor William F. Lincoln in the 1860s.
Children from Abel Smith school playing with a replica zoetrope in the museum.
Our family activities this Half Term are called Impossible Illusions and Optical Tricks and you’ll be able to play with replicas of some amazing optical illusions and then make your own optical illusions and toys to take home.
Our activities are open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10.30am – 3.30pm (last entry at 3pm!) and cost just £1.50 per child.
This week’s events:
Our Half Term family craft activities are on Tuesday 17th – Thursday 19th February 2014, 10.30 am – 3.30 pm (last entry 3.00 pm). For more details check out our What’s On page.
This month’s Friends of Hertford Museum talk is “Gallows Hill” by Ken Griffen. Ken will review the origins and role of Gallows Hill and look at local executions over the last 500 years. The talk is on Tuesday 17 February at 8 pm in the St Andrews Centre, Hertford. Talks cost £2 for visitors and tickets are available on the door.
Booking is now open for our Art & Crafts for adults taster sessions. Full details are availble in our newsletter or on our What’s On page.