2022: LGBTQ+ history in the archives

  • Are you interested in telling lesser known LGBTQ+ stories from The National Archives?

  • Do you enjoy being creative and want to learn about filmmaking?

Then we want to hear from you!

Our young people’s summer filmmaking challenge is finally back! Live at The National Archives this July, the first time since 2019.

This year the film is exploring LGBTQ+ history in the archives. The National Archives has unique records that document the experiences of the LGBTQ+ community through personal stories of people and groups from history. These records reflect a diverse range of identities and experiences; stories that we hope this film will be able to tell.

We will be running this exciting filmmaking project from Monday 25th-Friday 29th July, and have places for 14 enthusiastic young people (age 16-19) to take part.

This year we are also working with the Bishopsgate Institute, whose Special Collections and Archive holds one of the most extensive collections on LGBTQ+ history, politics and culture in the UK, with items such as personal diaries and Pride badges.

Taking part in this project will enable you to:

  • Research LGBTQ+ history using original documents, with support from the Education team and records experts
  • Learn filmmaking skills with professionals from the industry
  • Collaborate with the Bishopsgate Institute to learn more about how LGBTQ+ history is collected and preserved
  • Work creatively with likeminded young people
  • Take part in a unique project that combines historical stories from our records with modern day perspectives on LGBTQ+ history

You will need to be available to come to The National Archives for the entire project week (25th-29th July) and a welcome day on Saturday 16th July 2022.

Young people who have taken part in previous film projects have said:

‘Stories that would have otherwise been lost or disregarded were brought to life this week’

‘I was completely blown away by the fact that I was working with sources over 100 years old. It was a great way to raise awareness and connect to others who may not have necessarily thought that they would be interested [in the archives and its records].’

This project is a fantastic opportunity to use film-making and animation to make sure LGBTQ+ stories are not forgotten.

If you’d like to take part in this LGBTQ+ history project, please email youngpeople@nationalarchives.gov.uk with 150 words about why you’d like to contribute. The closing date for applications is Monday 11th July.

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