2022: Speaking up, speaking out

We are running our next exciting intergenerational project in July 2022, and we have places for 4 enthusiastic young people who identify as women (age 16-19) to take part. It is open to everyone, to those living with disabilities and those who are not. 

Working with acclaimed medical artist Merlin Evans, you will have the opportunity to explore archival documents about nurses who were injured or disabled during the First World War.  The records are full of fascinating and moving stories that show how they dealt with their mental and physical health whilst trying to claim pensions from the government to allow them to live independently.

Over the course of the project, you will work with four older people living with dementia, connecting the different generations through archives and art. To get an idea of what it’s like, you can watch a short video about a similar project we ran last year with our project partners, Innovations in Dementia. 

Young people who took part last year said:

‘There were always feelings of value and importance placed on every individual in the project. It has also inspired me to be more open minded when it comes to the older generation.’

‘Some of the artwork is up on my wall already and I never would have been introduced to certain techniques or ideas had I not been part of this project.’

The project will run completely online over Zoom on the following days: 5th, 7th, 8th and 13th July from 11am–1pm each day.  There will also be a welcome session for you to meet staff and others taking part.  You will need to be available to attend all four of the sessions in July.  All arts materials will be provided for you and you are welcome to get in touch if you have any questions about accessibility.

By taking part in this project you will: 

  • Explore the hidden history of military nurses as they recovered from their service in the First World War 
  • Gain an insight into disability activism and advocacy in the early 20th century 
  • Connect with older people who you may not usually engage with by working creatively with archival documents and art, with lots of good conversation! 
  • Have fun and engage with like-minded young people in an interesting and unique project 

If you’d like to take part in ‘Speaking up, speaking out’, please email youngpeople@nationalarchives.gov.uk with 150 words outlining why you’d like to contribute by Friday 17th June.

Banner image: London Illustrated News, 940.1 TNA Reference Library

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