In summer 2022, the Education and Outreach department worked with a group of young people onsite at The National Archives, to make their own short films. This was the first time we had run a young person’s project at the archives since 2019! The young people’s films were inspired by documents from the collection looking at moments in LGBTQ+ history from the 18th to 20th centuries.
The National Archives has unique records that document the experiences of LGBTQ+ communities through personal stories of people and places from history. These records reflect a diverse range of identities and experiences; stories that the young people were able to explore and interpret.
The project week ran from Monday 25th to Friday 29th July. The young people worked with a filmmaking team led by film maker Nigel Kellaway, with additional support from The National Archives’ staff.
By taking part in this project, young people were able to:
- Research LGBTQ+ history using original documents, with support from The National Archives’ staff and records experts
- Learn filmmaking skills with professionals from the industry
- Work creatively with likeminded young people
- Take part in a unique project that combines historical stories from archive records with modern day perspectives on LGBTQ+ history
With thanks to The Friends of The National Archives for their support of this project.