We run projects aimed at engaging new audiences by using creativity to explore history and memory.

A person sits at a table and draws images of flowers and trees on a large piece of paper.

This Is Our Park.

Connecting through Collections brought together older women and young people to explore history, art and dementia in a women-only online space.

Two new collaborative outreach projects with the Black, African and Asian Therapy Network (BAATN) and Stillpoint Spaces were conceived in 2019, in recognition that there is still much to do to address histories in relation to racism, colonialism and empire, and the feelings they provoke.

In This Is Our Park, students were given images of parks, flora and fauna from both the Wandsworth Heritage Service and The National Archives collections. They were encouraged to use them as inspiration to create their own park design.

Participants worked on this project to make memory boxes and collages and record responses reflecting their unique memories of Battersea.

Stories from the Streets was a partnership project with tenants of three sheltered housing schemes, sharing international images and memories to inspire poetry and community building. 

Through a number of creative workshops, we encouraged participants to recall how people from different continents stayed in touch with soldiers and personnel during the First World War.

There Be Monsters used our Map and Atlas collection to inspire adults with experience of mental ill health to create a sculpture that was placed within the grounds of The National Archives.