A fun festival of drawing and animation, open to everyone, will be held at the North Yorkshire County Record Office on Saturday, 7 October, as part of The Big Draw Festival 2017.

This year’s event, called Living Lines, will take as its inspiration the theme of family trees and will build on the success of 2015’s award-winning event at the Record Office in Malpas Road, Northallerton.

Go along and create your family tree, design a family shield and learn how to bring them to life through drawn and digital animation. Examples of pedigrees and heraldic imagery dating back to the 14th century will be on show to inspire and the Record Office archivist will guide participants in how to represent their family tree.

North Yorkshire County Councillor Greg White, Executive Member for the County Record Office, said: “The Big Draw is for everyone, whether you love to draw or think you can’t. Everyone can draw, of course, and the event at the County Record Office will enable people to have fun with drawing while creating something personal by exploring their family tree. It’s also a chance to glimpse some of the amazing records housed in the county’s archives.”

Participants should take along the names of three generations to create their family tree. All drawing materials will be provided and the event is open to all ages and abilities.

This is a free event, but booking is essential. Workshops will be held on Saturday, 7 October, from 10.30am to 12.30pm and from 2.30pm to 4.30pm. Call 01609 777585 or email archives@northyorks.gov.uk to book your place.