All you budding thespians and artists, please take a look at the films below and ask yourself: how could the kernels of such exciting creativity lie in the heart of a Foreign Office file, tucked away in an archive? Easy! An archive can be many things to many people and these films show how our rich historical collections can be used to inspire story-telling through performance and art.
Lampson unlocked: artworks
Â Lampson unlocked: performance
Â Lampson unlocked: the process
This project, Lampson Unlocked: Fear God! Fear Nought! is a partnership project between The National Archives, the V&A’s Learning department and the Wren Academy, North Finchley. It has at its heart an original report written by Oliver Locker-Lampson, a British Armored Car squadron commander stationed in Petrograd during the Russian Revolution in 1917 (FO 371/2996). For an official report, this document is rather unusual in style. Its narrative is hurried and emotive, the reader feels the full sense of history unfolding outside the hotel where the squadron is stationed.The threat of insurrection is in the air; the fervour of starving, desperate people pushing for reform; you can almost hear the pistol shots bouncing off the walls.
‘Many were killed in the hall, and thoroughly roused, the revolutionaries mounted the stairs, the soldiers asking for revenge, the mob scenting loot in the carpeted corridors and luxurious flats of the hotel.’