Here at The National Archives we are keen to see people engage with our records in a variety of different ways. At the moment one of the ways we are exploring is interpreting our records through creative practice. Recently we held Files on Film, a competition asking people to respond directly to individual records through the medium of film, with fantastic results.
To keep exploring these creative interpretations, on Saturday 29th March, my colleague Jenni and I held a workshop to look at other ways this could be possible.
Our selected format was zines, and our topic was women’s history, to close Women’s History Month. Zines are small-scale, self-published alternative magazines that allow lots of creative freedom. They have historically been used to express marginalised perspectives, principally that of women, LGBTQI (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Intersex) and mental health experiences, and are themselves collected at many archives, including the Glasgow Women’s Library, the Feminist Library and the British Library. Having become a medium for presenting women’s voices currently and historically, they seemed like the perfect format!
The workshop was open to anyone to attend, and together we set about exploring how our records could be re-interpreted and re-presented. Continue reading »