CREATIVE students at the University of Worcester have developed an online children’s book for The National Archives.
The group of graphic design students were recently involved in a major project with the National Archives, where they were commissioned to look at notable figures in British history, including Elizabeth I, NHS founder Aneurin Bevin, code-breaker Alan Turing, nurse Florence Nightingale and Allied Second World War secret agent, Noor Inayat Khan.
Their work will be used in an e-book and will be downloadable from The National Archives’ website for distribution to classrooms nationwide.
As part of their research, the students visited the London-based organisation in Kew, where they were able to handle unique and priceless artefacts and documents linked to the historic figures.
Lauren Willmott, an e-training manager, and Katie Fox, a modern domestic records specialist from The National Archives, then visited the University to see the final concepts from the students.
Miss Fox said: “It’s been a pleasure to work with the University of Worcester in creating a resource that will not only be a brilliant addition to the education resources on our website, but one that will inspire a new generation of young historians.
“The students’ work is absolutely fantastic.
“There is a real range of activities and some amazing designs.”
Andy Stevenson, senior lecturer in graphic design at the university, said: “This has been an invaluable experience for our students to get to work with live briefs and real clients from a prestigious national organisation.
“It’s fantastic our students’ book design outputs could soon be entertaining and educating children all over the country.”