The Local Studies Library & Archive is running a 5-day summer course for 9 to 14 year-olds from Richmond upon Thames to explore the heritage of their local area using archives.
Archives carry the stories of human lives from the past into the present, and beyond to the distant future. Join the Archive Explorers and become a detective, hunting for clues to uncover the secrets of past people, and bringing them to life through a range of fun activities.
Whether you love history, art, digital technology, or telling stories, there’s a role for you in the Archive Explorers!
See a summary of each session in our course timetable.
Booking is essential. We recommend coming to all 5 days, as the sessions may feed into each other. If booking 'Glimpses of parallel universes' or 'The Play’s the Thing!', which run over two days each, it is strongly recommended that you attend both days to get the most out of your visit. However, you can choose to come to as few or as many of the days as you are able.
|Day 1: Tuesday 25 July||
Welcome to the world of archives
Richmond upon Thames Local Studies Library & Archive holds documents dating from 1489 to 2016. These documents tell the stories of the lives of people like you, who have lived in the local area. You’ll get the chance to handle some of these amazing original documents and see if you can unlock their secrets.
|Day 2: Wednesday 26 July||
Glimpses of parallel universes - Part 1
Our archives contain many plans for buildings that were never built, wartime invasion preparations that were thankfully never tested, and ideas for futures that never came to be. They provide a glimpse into what Richmond upon Thames might be like in a parallel universe.
It is strongly recommended that you also attend the next day: Thursday 27 July
|Day 3: Thursday 27 July||
Glimpses of parallel universes - Part 2
We continue on from the previous day. Taking inspiration from the parallel universes we’ve discovered, you’ll create a board game as a group and try it out.
It is strongly recommended that you also attend the previous day: Wednesday 26 July
|Day 4: Friday 28 July||
‘The Play’s the Thing!’ - Part 1
The Borough has been home to many theatres and theatrical people. We’ll explore many records relating to the writing and performing of plays, including posters, photos, programmes, and play drafts.
It is strongly recommended that you also attend the next day: Saturday 29 July
|Day 5: Saturday 29 July||
‘The Play’s the Thing!’ - Part 2
We continue on from the previous day. As a group, you’ll write and perform a play using our theatre collections for inspiration, and anything else you’ve discovered in the archives.
It is strongly recommended that you also attend the previous day: Friday 28 July
Updated: 20 June 2017