Free summer student workshops at The National Archives

Student at work

The National Archives is running two free creative workshops for students taking place during the summer holidays.

‘Writing War, Writing Peace’, is a creative writing workshop based on nursing records from the First World War. Students will have the opportunity of working with award winning writer Melvin Burgess (author of ‘Junk’, ‘The Ghost behind the Wall’, and ‘The Hit’), as well as having guided research time with historians who have published on the topic of Nursing in WW1. We’re looking for 16-19 year olds to take part in the week long workshop that will run from Monday 23 – Friday 27 July.

Secondly we’re running our Graphic Novel workshop again, this time also focusing on our World War One records. Students will work with artist and illustrator Carol Adlam to create an illustrated account of experiences in the war. Carol will mentor students in creating their own illustrations, which will come together to form the graphic novel. The workshop is aimed at A-Level and pre-university students and takes place from Monday 13 – Friday 18 August.

Rachel Hillman, Education Operations Manager at The National Archives, said: “The National Archives is really excited about the projects we’re delivering this summer. It’s critical for young people to find out about the importance of archives and to have the opportunity to explore and engage with archival material. These archival experiences enable the students taking part to develop their own interpretations about past events, and to inspire creative outcomes in the form of art and writing.”

Matthew, one of the participants from last year’s ‘Chronicles of the Dissolution’ graphic art workshop, said: “The project has been fascinating, accommodating both artistic and historical interest. It has allowed me to explore a host of ways to create a narrative within the graphic novel medium and has given me the opportunity to develop my own illustrative skills”.

The closing date for applications has now been extended to Monday 2 July 2018.

More information on both workshops and how to apply can be found here and here.