King Oswald’s Raven uses imagery from the Peterborough Bestiary, a manuscript made in the early 1300s and in the possession of the monks of Peterborough, to tell the German legend of Oswald’s talking raven. It was launched on Peterborough Cathedral’s website as part of the Being Human Festival in November 2020.

Now the festival is over, the animation, designed by Charlie Minnion, is available to view on this website. Scroll down for the creative activity videos we made as part of the festival (with downloadable activity sheets). You can see some of the creations inspired by these activities in this gallery. Further down this page there are also 3 short videos explaining the research background to the animation.

A version of the animation with subtitles is available and all the other videos have the option to turn on accurate closed caption subtitles.


For a version of the animation with subtitles please click here

Creative Videos

Activity sheets to support the creative videos are available to download here

Creating with Words – Hazel Gould
Creating Drama – Sinéad O’ Neill
Creating a Quill – Hannah Saunders

Research Videos

King Oswald’s Arm and the Monks of Peterborough – Dr Johanna Dale
Legends of St Oswald in Medieval Germany – Dr Sarah Bowden
The Peterborough Bestiary – Dr Philippa Hoskin

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