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May is Local and Community History Month, and as the coronavirus/COVID-19 situation continues around the world, we recognise that this poses many difficult challenges for schools and educators, not to mention parents who will be seeking ways to keep their children meaningfully occupied.
Local and Community History Month is a time to celebrate the stories and heritage of the past that is all around us, and we're using archive film to support young people in developing their literacy skills and help families experience the fun, educational benefits of film watching. Using archive film collections is a great way to encourage young people to explore both their local area and the UK's vast cultural history.
As ever, we're committed to championing the many benefits of all forms of film. Inspired by the BFI's Britain on Film project, we've designed an engaging activity that uses free-to-access archive film as a basis for creative writing and learning about your local area.
Archive film does not simply mean 'black and white'. Put simply, it refers to materials held and preserved in an archive - and thus the term "archive film" embraces many different types of film. Depending on the archive, this material can span the history of cinema (and television) and might include fiction, documentary, newsreel, government films, travel films and amateur film/home movies.
Check out the guide below to see how you can use the BFI's Britain on Film website - which boasts a collection of thousands of beautifully preserved films capturing 120 years of Britain on film - to take part in an enriching creative writing activity.
Note: We recommend reading the additional information about each film before watching. Please be aware a small number of films are only suitable for those aged 15 and over. These films will have a disclaimer before them.
Once your child has completed their piece of creative writing, why not share their work? E-mail their piece to email@example.com with ‘Learn from Home Archive' in the subject line and we'll celebrate our favourite submissions over on our social media channels.
Just remember to include the title and URL for the film you've used, and the time code for where you paused the film, so we can see the scene being imagined.
Film Chosen: Darwen Street Scenes, near Blackburn, 1901
Scene Chosen: 00:50
Title: Things Were Electric
The jangle of the bell rang out a second time, but no one payed much attention. The trams were our everyday now, besides he was nearing his stop. If anything, I missed the old ones, the puff and the strain of coal, and its cough-coughing start.
No, if anything it's the horses you want to watch out for; the way they whip by. Now there you need to be careful!
But things were electric. All around, the laughter and chatter of boys mixed with the excitement of Saturday morning. Above us, smoke and grey clouds mingled as the throb of smells rose higher; street cooking, pipe smoke, boys in damp tweed. And it's then I thought to myself: "there'll be a story to tell in the kitchen tonight".
You can use the BFI to find out more about local and national archive organisations, and browse more of our own archive-related resources, film lists and news articles below.
A film guide that looks at Britain on Film (Primary), exploring its key topics and themes through informal discussion.
A film guide that looks at Britain on Film (Secondary), exploring its key topics and themes through informal discussion.
Engage with the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe day with a variety of archive resources from Into Film and other UK partners.
Reading time 8 mins
Find out all about the archive phenomenon of 'phantom rides' and watch some early and modern examples - then find out how to film your own cinematic journey!
Reading time 8 mins
Check out more information about the season, its online collections and some great Japan-related recommendations from our Youth Advisory Council.
Reading time 6 mins
We want young people to make the most of their surroundings and create a short film about - or using - the...
Closing date Fri 19 Jun, 00:00
Into Film have teamed up with BFI Education to revisit some of the greatest children's films ever made, updating a list collated in 2005 with 15 more classics.
Reading time 8 mins
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