22nd Feb, 2020

Students help bring history to youngsters

Aaron Wise 10th Feb, 2017

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.”

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