Gif It Up & Gif It a Go – Create your own Gifs

The Gif It Up and Gif It a Go workshops provide an introduction to creating GIFs from openly licensed and public domain, museum, library, and archival materials. Both workshops use free and open online tools.

Each workshop includes a series of guides to take anyone through the steps to create GIFs using images, videos. Gif It Up uses media from University of Edinburgh museum, library, and archival materials (or anywhere else that provides openly licensed content). Gif It a Go uses artwork from the National Gallery of Scotland collections.

Both workshops engage with public domain and openly licensed materials on the web that are available for creative re-use, and encourage discussion of the ethical responsibilities we as creators have towards those materials.

Resources include a SlideShare of the workshop presentation:

The Gif It Up Workshop Guides:

Etchings of a Whaling Cruise, f. p.175 via GIPHY


The NGS Gif It a Go workshop guides:


Mother and Child via GIPHY


As part of participation in open sharing and collaboration – gifs created in our workshops are openly licensed and re-shared for further creativity and re-use by others.

Have a look at some of the fantastic gifs produced in previous Gif It Up workshops.

Click here to explore the Gif It Up: Introduction workshop gifs

Click here to explore the NGS Gif It a Go workshop gifs


These workshops were inspired by Europeana’s Gif it Up competition.



Header image – Cranes from BL Royal 12 C XIX, f. 40, from the British Library via Europeana, Public Domain Marked