Archives celebrating the Platinum Jubilee

Archive Testbed Grants

For Round 11 of our Archive Testbed Fund, we encouraged services to develop projects using collections relating to past coronations and royal events to celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in June 2022. In total, we awarded nine grants to archives across the country:

Bromley Historic Collections

With the money provided, Bromley will be able to embark on a project to create 3D interactive versions of their exhibitions, which will significantly increase their reach, allowing them to connect with new audiences and a wider section of our community. Their aim is to be able to provide an immersive, engaging and interactive experience for an audience beyond the people who can visit their exhibitions in situ.

Girlguiding Norfolk County Archives

The team at Girlguiding  Norfolk appreciate that there are lots of people who have never realised that Princess Elizabeth became a Guide in 1937 as part of her preparations for her future as Queen. Girlguiding Norfolk is very excited to have the opportunity to find more stories of the Queen as a Girl Guide, as a Sea Ranger and then, and still to this day, the Patron of Girlguiding.

Harrow Local History Collection and Archive

This Archive Testbed grant will support Harrow’s first archival exhibition in their dedicated Local History Room, in Headstone Manor and Museum. ‘Harrow’s Jubilees: It’s all in the details’ is an exhibition focused on using archives to illuminate the past. The exhibition will consist of a number of interesting archives from the collection about historic jubilees. They hope visitors will add their own Jubilee celebration stories when they come to visit.

People’s Heritage Cooperative

Paganel Archives after-school team will support and document the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations in Stechford including a street party and working with community group Shades of Black, arts organisation Friction Arts and Stechford primary schools. They will revisit the Paganel Archives’ own collections of the Diamond Jubilee in 2012 and develop activities that document their community, and their relationship with the Queen using artwork, film and photography.

Plymouth Archives

The archive team at The Box in Plymouth will be researching and developing a Jubilee-themed package of digital archival content that can be used by multiple organisations or individuals over the Jubilee celebration period. Photographic collections and material from the largest regional moving image archive in the UK – the South West Film and Television Archive – will be made available to all. A physical display of Jubilee-themed archives will be on show in The Box’s Active Archives gallery and a two-minute film will be produced for the Media Lab gallery.

The team are also holding a Platinum Jubilee photo competition: @theboxplymouth Twitter

Solihull Heritage and Local Studies

Solihull plan to pilot the use of virtual reality alongside documents and images from Solihull Council’s archives in nostalgia and reminiscence events. We are delighted to be able to bring together the archive resources with new technology and our local community to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in a creative and innovative way, reflecting on the changes that have seen Solihull develop over the last 70 years from an Urban District to today’s vibrant Metropolitan Borough.

St Helens Archive Service

St Helens Archive Service will be digitising previously unseen photographic collections and producing a pop-up banner exhibition to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee, featuring images of Queen Elizabeth on her various visits to St Helens. Her Majesty visited the borough three times: once in 1954 as part of her coronation tour, again in 1961 as the first outside guest to view the new float glass process at Pilkington Glass, and thirdly in 1977 as part of the Silver Jubilee tour. This exhibition will be toured throughout the borough at various library events.

St Helens are also hosting a pop-up exhibition, featuring images of The Queen’s visit: @STHLibraries Twitter

Sutton Archives

As part of the borough’s Jubilee celebrations to mark 70 years of the reign of Queen Elizabeth II, Sutton’s dual-site exhibition ‘Jubilee: Celebrating 70 Years’ and a programme of activities will take a wide-angle look at how Sutton has participated in marking key moments in the succession of monarchs from 1838 to the present day, with a particular focus on Queen Elizabeth II’s Coronation and Jubilee events.

Trafford Local Studies Centre

Each local library will receive a selection of original archive material pertaining to a historic coronation or jubilee celebration to go on display. Trafford’s neighbourhoods will also benefit with historic images from Jubilee street party celebrations being displayed on lamppost banners in the neighbourhoods where they were taken. QR codes will link these banners back to our department website, where a full Jubilee exhibition and contemporary collecting programme will encourage residents to learn more and get involved in the programme.