Holding History

We will be running our exciting new film project, ‘Holding History’, from Monday 30 July to Friday 4 August 2018, and we have places for 14 enthusiastic young people (aged 16-19 years) to take part.

Working with professional filmmaker, Nigel Kellaway, you will have the opportunity to explore original documents from our collection spanning key events and lesser-known personal stories from the past 1,000 years of history.  What is The National Archives? How has it changed and developed over the centuries? What are the challenges, threats and importance of an archive in today’s world?

From the Domesday Book to the Dark Archive, you’ll have the chance to engage with our collection and create a stop-motion film of your interpretations.

Taking part in this project will enable you to:

  • Research the history using original documents, with support from our Education team and record experts
  • Work creatively with like-minded young people
  • Learn filmmaking skills with a professional from the industry
  • Find out more about The National Archives and the documents we hold, on themes as diverse as the Transatlantic Slave Trade, Great Fire of London and Second World War spies
  • Take part in a unique project that communicates some of the stories from our documents

Applicants will need to be available for the entire project week and a welcome day on Saturday 14 July 2018.

If you’d like to take part in ‘Holding History’, please email education@nationalarchives.gov.uk with 150 words about why you would like to contribute to this project. The closing date for applications has now been extended to Monday 14 May 2018.


Our ‘Suffrage Tales’ students said:

Yasmin: ‘I learnt and was rather shocked by the great resources available at the archives, which I previously was completely unaware of. I also met some really great people, and was fascinated by the history, since it was a completely different experience to learning within a classroom which was particularly great.’

Eva: ‘Its has really inspired me to carry on studying history and to perhaps find some work experience in an archive somewhere. It has also encouraged me to doing more creative and arty things since I realised how much I enjoyed it.’

Sholto: ‘Extremely fun and interesting, developing my skills in stop motion. I found the importance of patience challenging but blu-tac was my biggest saviour.’

Jon: ‘there are so few of them out there, even in film or history alone. So this project is really important as it merges both really well.’

View our last two films: Somme Tales and Suffrage Tales.

Download a classroom poster (PDF, 386KB)