Archive experiences

Each summer, The National Archives’ on site education team at Kew, London, offer young people in schools and colleges the chance to take part in a unique project that explores some of the hidden stories in our documents. Students carry out research, with support from our education team and record experts and work creatively with artists, writers or film makers as well as other students.

It’s a great opportunity to work with original sources; it’s also a chance to learn new skills, increase your subject knowledge in history and find out more about the role of The National Archives and the records we hold. The topics and the project outcomes are wide ranging, they have included film making, script writing, story boarding, painting and drawing so far.

Places are free, but are usually limited to a set number and involve an application process. Watch this space to see what is coming up and find out about past projects.

Students involved in one of our projects

We will be running our next exciting film project – ‘Mental Health on Record’ – from Monday 29 July to Friday 2 August 2019, and we have places for 14 enthusiastic young people (aged 16–19 years) to take part.

During the autumn term 2018, Graphic Design students from the University of Worcester took part in an exciting project with The National Archives.

From outbreak to archive: tales of public health For the last four summers, The National Archives has worked with young people to create animated films that are inspired by our unique collection of historical documents.

Please note: The competition is now closed for new entries.

Our film project 'Holding History' ran from Monday 30 July to Friday 4 August 2018.

You can now find the finished eBook of this project here: Writing War, Writing Peace Are you interested in creative writing and history? Would you like to work with record experts and explore original documents held at The National Archives? If so, our creative writing project ‘Writing War, Writing Peace’ is for you.

From Monday 13 to Friday 18 August 2018, The National Archives is holding a free five-day event for A level and pre-university students: an arts project which involves interpreting original sources from our collections using graphic art techniques.

2017 marks the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Protestant Reformation.

From 31 July to 4 August 2017, The National Archives ran an exciting new film project for 16-19 year olds with filmmaker, Nigel Kellaway.

In 2016, a group of students aged 16 to 19 joined us to create a stop-motion animation film telling the stories of those who experienced the Battle of the Somme.