Piety, plunder and protest: chronicles of the Dissolution

The closing date for this project has now passed. Please check back later in the year to see the outcome.

2017 marks the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Protestant Reformation. In 1517, Martin Luther famously nailed his 95 Theses, or arguments against indulgences, to a church door in Wittenberg, Germany. This act of defiance can be seen to herald the process of change in religious practice across Europe.

Henry VIII’s dissolution of the monasteries took place as part of the Reformation in England. It resulted in the plunder of church wealth and the destruction of monasteries and their communities.

From 7-11 August The National Archives, together with artist Carol Adlam, will be running a graphic art workshop based on some of these monastic stories. Original records will be examined and analysed to explore the impact of the Reformation on the people who lived during these tumultuous times. The outcome of these interpretations will be expressed through the medium of graphic art, storyboarding and script editing.

We invite students to apply for this unique and exciting opportunity to be part of our commemorations on the Reformation. Applicants should be aged 17-19 with an interest in history and also in art, as this will be an intensive week of creating original artwork.

Students taking part in this project will:

  • work creatively with like-minded young people
  • research the history using original documents with support from the Education team and record specialists
  • use artistic skills to produce a unique interpretation of our documents
  • produce storyboards
  • edit scripts
  • design and produce a graphic story

Programme activities:

  • introductory activity for all students ( date to be confirmed)
  • five day programme with artist and record specialists from Monday 7 August to Friday 11 August (10:00 to 16:00)
  • project launch at The National Archives (date to be confirmed)

Places are limited so if you would like to take part in this exciting project please write 50 words explaining why you would like to be involved, attaching an example of your own artwork and send to education@nationalarchives.gov.uk

The closing date for submissions is Monday 8 May.