Capturing our Collections Competition winners and resource

The results are now published for the National Archives Art Competition: Capturing our Collections!

In October 2021, The National Archives Education Service launched their first National Art Competition called ‘Capturing our Collections’, which closed at the end of February 2022.

The competition had three potential themes to respond to: Equity, Freedom, and Belonging. It sought to encourage entrants (ages 8-14) to think about the importance of using historical documents in exploring the stories of people or social and political themes in history. The organisers challenged entrants to create their own artwork inspired by documents from our collection – such as letters, posters, photographs, newspapers, census records, maps, reports, wax seals or written testimonies.

The organisers received over 120 entries. There are five winners and two highly commended entries. The work, the judges comments and sources of inspiration from the archive will provide a powerful resource for years to come. All 25 artworks exhibited online are powerful. skilful and inspirational. 

NSEAD is a proud supporter of the competition and we are privileged to have worked with the team. Clare Horrie, Education Manager, said: 'Thanks so much NSEAD and once again for your invaluable support and helpful suggestions. I am bowled over by the talent of these young artists!'

Learn more about the competition here and see 25 amazing competition submission here