Suffrage Tales

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

A unique opportunity for 16-19 year olds.

From 31 July – 4 August 2017, The National Archives will run an exciting new film project with film-maker Nigel Kellaway.

Building up to the 100th anniversary commemorations of the Representation of the People Act in 2018, young people will get the chance to work with original records from our collections on the theme of Suffrage. What does Suffrage mean? Who fought for Suffrage in Britain? How did the government respond to those who campaigned for the vote?

Explore earlier historical movements for reform and democracy such as Chartism in the nineteenth century; delve into records related to Suffragists and discover some of the personal stories of Suffragettes revealed in our documents. Young people taking part in this exciting project will be able to debunk some of the myths surrounding the struggle for Suffrage and have the opportunity to put forward their own interpretation of our records.

Nigel will guide and support students as they make their own animated film based on their research. The final version of the film will be showcased later in the year at The National Archives and will also be made available on the website as a key part of the organisation’s commemorations.

Students taking part in this project will

  • 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 a professional from the industry
  • find out more about the role of The National Archives and the records we hold relating to the theme of Suffrage
  • take part in a unique project that communicates stories from our documents.

Programme activities

  • introductory meeting for all young people involved (date to be confirmed)
  • five day programme from Monday 31 July to Friday 4 August, (11:00-16:00)
  • 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 Monday 13 March.