Holding History

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

Working with professional filmmaker, Nigel Kellaway, our enthusiastic young people (aged 16-19 years) had the opportunity to explore original documents from our collection spanning key events and lesser-known personal stories from the past 1,000 years of history, considering questions such as: What is The National Archives? How has it changed and developed over the centuries? What are the challenges, threats and importance of an archive in today’s world?

From the Domesday Book to the Dark Archive, students had the chance to engage with our collection and create a stop-motion film of their interpretations.

The young people taking part in this project were able to:

  • Research the history using original documents, with support from our Education team and record experts
  • Work creatively with like-minded young people
  • Learn filmmaking skills with a professional from the industry
  • Find out more about The National Archives and the documents we hold, on themes as diverse as the Transatlantic Slave Trade, Great Fire of London and Second World War spies
  • Take part in a unique project that communicates some of the stories from our documents

The project is now complete and you can see the final film here.

View our last two films: Somme Tales and Suffrage Tales.

Watch the finished film