Records of the Revolution

Performers standing on a stage dressed in a variety of outfits that are reminiscent of the sixties. Many performances are also holding protest placards.

Performers question the legacy of the ‘60s (image courtesy of V&A).

Records of the Revolution was a theatrical and artistic collaboration between the V&A, Wren Academy and The National Archives’ Outreach team. Students used historical and exhibition material from both cultural institutions to provide a creative insight into the many changes of the 1960s, culminating in a performance.

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A performer on a stage holds a placard saying 'I have a dream'. The surrounding performers look towards the placard and applaud.

Scene inspired by Martin Luther King Jr. (image courtesy of V&A).

Records of the revolution: what did the 1960s do for us?

Many of us are aware of the saying, ‘If you can remember the 60’s, you weren’t really there’, a reference to the dizzying, sometimes drug and alcohol induced climate that seems to mark that decade.

For me, this saying does a great disservice to a challenging and exciting period of history. Our records of the events of the 1960s have recently inspired a partnership project involving The National Archives, the V&A Museum and students of Wren Academy.

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