2018: Armistice and Legacy

2018 saw the culmination of four years of commemorating numerous centenaries of the First World War. From the outbreak of war to Armistice, the collections at The National Archives hold unique insights and untold stories of events spanning the years 1914 to 1918.

From Monday 13 to Friday 18 August 2018, The National Archives held a free five-day event for A level and pre-university students. Examining the events of the First World War and the impact it had on soldiers and civilians, students worked with artist Carol Adlam, Senior Lecturer in Illustration at Nottingham Trent University and shortlisted illustrator for the World Illustrator Awards 2018, on an arts project that involved interpreting original sources from our collections using graphic art techniques.

Detail of ‘The Mapmaker’ by participating student Matthew Lee

You can find the finished eBook of this project here: Armistice and Legacy

The week provided students with the unique opportunity to:

  • find out more about The National Archives and the different records we hold
  • explore and interpret original documents related to the events of the First World War
  • take part in workshops over the five days covering script editing, storyboarding, observational art techniques, pencilling, inking and colouring, as well as final art production

For information on the artist please visit:  caroladlam.co.uk

Explore the finished eBook