Arts Award

Welcome to the Time Travel Club’s activities for Arts Award: Discover at Home’ allowing families to engage with the archive and the arts during the pandemic. The National Archives is an Arts Award centre. Discover at Home offers a foundation in understanding different types of art:

Arts Award is a nationally recognised qualification which encourages young people to ‘deepen their engagement with the arts [and] build creative and leadership skills’.

The Time Travel Club have created special resources to support ‘Discover at Home’. You can complete the activities and submit your work to us to achieve a certificate, or you can use the resources to structure creative activities at home without the need for a certificate.

The resource theme is ‘Architecture as art’. Using images of real archive documents, you’ll learn about the history of famous buildings including Hampton Court Palace and the Natural History Museum. You’ll explore documents about St Paul’s Cathedral and Sir Christopher Wren, the architect who designed the iconic building. As well as this, you’ll meet an artist who will show you how you can create your own buildings made of recycled materials!

Discover at Home is made up of three main areas of activity:
1. ‘Discover’ – learning about how documents in The National Archives can tell us about famous buildings and architects (16th and 23rd February)
2. ‘Find out’ – learn about an artist today and create your own built environment/buildings (2nd March)
3. ‘Share’ – reflecting on what you have learned (9th March).

You can record your answers in the weekly worksheets which have space for answering questions, drawing, or adding in photos of you completing the activities. You may even like to print out the pictures of the archive documents too!

These activities will be released every Tuesday from 16th February to 9th March. ‘Architecture as art’ will stay open for one month after this, until 18th April, for you to finish your work and send a copy into us via email. We will email you a certificate to celebrate your work!

We hope that you enjoy learning about the history of architecture using unique archive documents. You can contact should you have any questions.

Welcome to Week 1 of Arts Award: Discover at Home. You can complete the activities by looking at the archive documents and answering the questions. We have provided a special ‘log book’ which you can use to record your answers.

These activities will work towards part one called ‘Discover’. You will learn about one particular form of art which appears all around us, and develop an understanding of how it connects with real life.

Welcome to Week 3 of Arts Award: Discover at Home.

The National Archives’ family programme, the Time Travel Club, created special activities to help families continue engaging with the archive collection during the pandemic.