England’s New Lenses, Untold Heritage (2020)

Untold Heritage is part of England’s New Lenses, a partnership project with English Heritage through Shout Out Loud. Untold Heritage invited 13 – 25 year olds across England to explore their own sense of heritage through photography this summer. Young people were asked to share with us the stories they felt got left out of the history books, helping us discover alternative narratives around English heritage at this time. Through an open call, a series of online workshops and learning resources devised by artists Alejandra Carles-Tolra and Annis Joslin, over 200 young people made new artwork documenting the people, places, and communities that have shaped them. The diverse range of images submitted to Untold Heritage demonstrates young people’s perspectives using creative approaches that explore family, friendship, relationships, community, and other themes close to our hearts such as pets, wildlife, heirlooms and places of personal significance. Winning entries were selected by a judging panel consisting of young people connected with our programmes, Photoworks Curator Julia Bunnemann, Photoworks festival artist Ronan McKenzie and Dr Dominique Bouchard, Head of Learning & Interpretation at English Heritage. The judges were bowled over by the quality of the work, commenting on the powerful images and often beautiful connections between young photographers’ personal perspectives on heritage in relation to their present life. Shout Out Loud is English Heritage’s national youth engagement programme delivered by partners Photoworks, National Youth Theatre, the Council for British Archaeology’s Young Archaeologists’ Club, and Sound Connections, with Associate Advisor BBC Children’s. Shout Out Loud is one of 12 Kick the Dust projects funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

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