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Knightsbridge School

Inspired by the Museum of London's 1666 Minecraft, our club pupils took a step inside the game themselves, via chroma-key greenscreen efforts! Soundscore tracks by Year 8 pupils and animated flame effects by Year 5 pupils.

Our Year 8 pupils used Blender to craft some 3D-like flame shapes and then superimpose them onto the other side of the 'Timecraft 1666' travel box door seen in the film.

Year 6 Fantasy London Fire Scenes of 2017: manipulated progressive image GIF animations

Year 5 Great Fire Windows: composite JPG and PNG layered images

Year 5 Flame Animations: GIF animation files produced by virtual-painted JPG images (also featured in the 'Timecraft 1666' film above!)

Westminster School


Westminster during the Great Fire of 1666

Minecraft GIF Flame Mosaics

Matthieu Gillet, 5th Form (Year 9) at Westminster School cleverly incorporated animated GIF flames created by Year 5 pupils at Knightsbridge School into Great Fire Minecraft scenes. Coded in HTML5, CSS & Java Script using the Bootstrap framework.

The Dragon School Oxford

Animations & games inspired by the Great Fire of London 1666 by pupils at the Dragon School...

Great Fire Animation

by Raphe & Victor

Great Fire Game

by Ginnie & Ellie

Great Fire Game

by Jemima & Ophelia

Great Fire Game

by Daniel & Ed

The British International School of Chicago, South Loop provided this creative amination for the project by Michael Murray, Year 7.

Yr 8 student Gabrielle has recorded this video of an app that students have made about London and the Great fire of 1666

Videos by Garry Tzonkov, Year 8 & Julian Cohen, Year 8.

Images (L to R) by Julian Cohen, Justin Palmer & Luca Speroni, Year 8.

Great Fire of London video with voice-over by Cole, Year 8

Alina's Great Fire image was created in Photoshop

About the British Schools' Great Fire E-Project

We offer you a warm welcome to the British Schools’ 1666 Great Fire Anniversary E-Project site. Inspired by the Museum of London’s FIRE! FIRE! Exhibition curated by Miss Meriel Jeater, our pupils started planning towards the end of last year to develop their own responses of a digital nature, to celebrate the 350 year anniversary of one of London’s most famous and talked about events in history.

Following the discovery of De Montfort University pupils’ prize winning 3D animation ‘fly-though’ of 17th century London (video below), and a similar venture developed in the ever popular computer game Minecraft, the idea of a pupil ‘E-project’ effort was born.  It was soon discovered that the Museum of London had instigated the idea of building a Great Fire landscape inside Minecraft, and in a similar manner to the advanced De Montfort students, who used gaming design software to produce animated London streets from information on authentic historical maps. Knightsbridge School promptly received word from the Dragon School, Oxford, and the British Schools’ of New York and Chicago (South Loop), that they would join to create a website of interactive digital materials in response to the city’s most disastrous 1666 event. They too have been working hard towards meeting the E-Project website building deadline.

There were many ups and downs! Whilst snow disasters held back the progress of fellow pupil collaborators in New York, a neighbouring secondary school, Westminster School, soon came onto the scene with the innovative idea of programming some animated GIF flames by Knightsbridge School’s Year 5 pupils into a form of digital mosaic artwork. The Dragon School ventured into the territory of inventing Great Fire gameplay, whilst members in Chicago decided to compare elements of ‘Great Fire’ history at their own end.

The hosting E-Project Club pupils at Knightsbridge School met weekly during the Spring term, to communicate with the four other collaborating schools via audio recordings, whilst producing their own content for the purpose-built site. Fellow Year 5 classes at the school created animated GIF flames and composited PNG window scenes presented in galleries on the site, alongside another gallery of animated modern fantasy London fire scenes by the school’s Year 6 classes.  Year 8 pupils kept themselves busy building 3D model flame pieces, to fit together into an inferno seen through the door of a ‘Dr Who’ style travel box, featured in the E-Project Club’s premiere film ‘Timecraft’, also viewable on the site. This ‘feature short’ was filmed during club hours, using chroma-key green screen effects, and was produced in response to the Museum’s Great Fire 1666 Minecraft virtual experience. The famous Minecraft computer game’s new 1666 map set was introduced to the school by Mr Joshua Blair, the museum’s Digital Learning Coordinator, during the summer of 2016. Year 8 pupils at the school also assisted in the production of this film set in the world of 1666 London Minecraft, by making accompanying underscore music files as part of their Spring Music Technology Certificate Programme coursework. Some animated Year 5 GIF flames may also be spotted in the film as you watch it on the site!

We would like to take the opportunity to thank the Museum of London for inspiring us on this digital journey, as well as the National Museum of Computing at Bletchley Park, who, after a senior school workshop, gave us the idea to put together a ‘Great Fire Quiz’, created in Python coding language. You may like try this on the site to test your own Great Fire fun facts knowledge.

The site was officially launched on Friday March 24th, 2017 with Ms Meriel Jeater, Curator of the Museum of London’s FIRE! FIRE! Exhibition, and her museum colleagues Mr Joshua Blair, Digital Learning Coordinator and Mr Alec Ward, Development Officer of Digital and Communications in attendence, to deliver a short speech and offer some special awards to participating E-Project pupils.

On behalf of Knightsbridge School, we would like thank the Museum of London staff for making this special visit for our launch presentation, and would also like to congratulate all pupil and supporting staff collaborators for their elaborate efforts in building this spectacular digital innovation. We have been thoroughly delighted to host this event at Knightsbridge School!