2021: Rebels in the records

Last summer, The National Archives worked with a group of young people over Zoom to make short films inspired by archive documents on diseases through history. You can view those films here.

This summer, we are doing it again – and inviting you to take part!

This year’s project will explore ‘Rebels in the records’ – stories of people/groups who have stood up for what they believe in, campaigned for change or lived in a way that was different to their contemporary society.

You will find out about lesser known individuals from the archive, and learn more about well-known figures too.  You’ll also have the opportunity to reflect on people who you think are ‘rebels’ today.

The project will go from Monday 26th-Friday 30th July 2021 and is for young people age 16-19. You must be available to connect with us each day of the week.

Archive material and filmmaking guidance will be provided on our website, and The National Archives will provide you with the resources and support to create your films. Members of the Education team and filmmaker Nigel will be available throughout the week.

By taking part in this project you will be able to:

  • Research the history of lesser and well-known people/groups using digital facsimiles of original records with support from our Education team and record experts
  • Develop filmmaking skills with a professional from the industry, using a range of techniques available from your home
  • Work creatively with like-minded young people
  • Take part in a unique project that combines historical stories with your own interpretation of historical records
  • Find out more about the role of The National Archives

If you’d like to take part in ‘Rebels in the records’, please email ‘youngpeople@nationalarchives.gov.uk’ with 100 words outlining why you’d like to contribute to this project by Monday 5th July.