Somme tales

Applications have now closed. Please visit our website later in the year to see the results of this project.

A unique opportunity for 16-19 year olds. From 1-5 August, The National Archives is running an exciting project with the film-maker, Nigel Kellaway.

Students will get the opportunity to work with original documents from the First World War, in order to discover some of the personal stories of Commonwealth soldiers involved in the Battle of the Somme.

Nigel will then guide and support students as they make their own animated film about their findings. The final version of the film will be showcased later in the year at The National Archives and will also be made available on our’ website.

Students taking part in this project will be able to:

  • research the history using original documents, with support from our Education team and record experts
  • work creatively with like-minded young people
  • learn film-making skills from professional film-makers
  • find out more about The National Archives and the records we hold relating to the First World War
  • participate in a unique project that communicates the stories from our documents

Programme activities:

  • introductory meeting for all young people involved on Saturday 16 July
  • five-day programme from Monday 1 August to Friday 5 August (11am-4pm)
  • film premiere 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 and send to the education team on

The closing date for submissions is Sunday 3 July.