I was interested to read that the National Archives will be holding an Arts Records and Inspiration Day on Monday 17 November. The event is designed to introduce just some of their collections to arts students. It will illustrate the wealth of possibilities for research and inspiration they offer - possibilities that have in the past resulted in creative films, photographic exhibitions and a sculpture in their grounds at Kew, all directly inspired by the archival records they hold.
After an introductory session on research skills and archival collections, students will have an opportunity to look at collections focused on four potential research areas: visual propaganda, maps and plans; design history and material culture; music and lyrics; and discovering diversity, The Caribbean through a Lens.
As part of the day, artist Sarah Kogan will discuss her visual arts project Changing the Landscape, which is inspired by 150 unpublished letters and photographic postcards held at the National Archives. These were written and illustrated by her great uncle Barney Griew, a map maker and scout who died at the Battle of the Somme in 1916.
The event is free, but there are only 30 places available. For further details of the programme and the chance to book a place, please click here.