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  • Video contentPathe: incensed patriots besiege pacifists in a London church.

    Pacifists besieged in a London church, First World War

    This footage shows a meeting of pacifists in a London church, which is interrupted by patriots. We see a large crowd outside the church, some trying to get in and then dragging people out, or throwing things through window. A chair […]

  • Audio contentPatella fracture. 1868. Catalogue reference: ADM101-139 (36)

    Writer of the Month: Richard Barnett on Crucial Interventions

    In this talk medical historian Richard Barnett explores surgery during the 19th century, from the application of antisepsis to experiments with hypnosis. What happened in the early operations that used anaesthesia, and why were patients initially reluctant to agree to it? Richard Barnett is a […]

  • Audio contentCHE activist Jackie Forster at Speakers Corner, Hyde Park, 1974

    Amiable Warriors: A History of the Campaign for Homosexual Equality

    The Campaign for Homosexual Equality (CHE) is the oldest surviving LGBT organisation in the UK. With more than 150 local branches and over 6,000 members, it has grown from a small regional committee lobbying for law reform with local MPs, […]

  • Audio contentClock design. 1871. Catalogue reference: BT43-30 (254688)

    Big Ideas: The Future of the Past

    This presentation discusses the role that the material and intellectual heritage of a community can play in shaping and reshaping its identity, along a historical continuum. With a brief history of the Ismaili Muslims in focus, the presentation highlights some […]

  • Audio contentGuy Burgess, 1951

    Stalin’s Englishman: The Lives of Guy Burgess

    Guy Burgess was a brilliant young Englishman who rose through the ranks of MI5 and MI6 during the Cold War. But as a member of ‘The Cambridge Spies’, he betrayed his country by regularly passing on highly sensitive secret documents […]

  • Video contentCivil rights march, 1966, Mississippi.

    Freedom march in Mississippi

    On June 29 1966, Civil rights campaigners gathered in Jackson, Mississippi, US, and marched into the centre of Jackson, a snapshot of which is captured in this British Pathe film. Fifty years on, The National Archives has launched an educational workshop for students […]

  • Audio contentEnquiry into Causation and Prevention of Shell Shock report. 1922. Catalogue reference: WO32-4748.

    Shell-Shocked Britain: Understanding the lasting trauma of the First World War

    Millions of soldiers were scarred by their experiences in the First World War trenches, but how new was what we now know as ‘shell shock’? What treatments were on offer? And what happened after the men came home? Writer and […]

  • Audio contentThe Midwife and the Health Visitor. 1939-1946. Catalogue reference: INF3-1714

    Heidi Thomas: Researching Call the Midwife

    Screenwriter Heidi Thomas shares the process of transforming Jennifer Worth’s memoirs into the BBC period drama  ‘Call the Midwife’, a TV series about midwives working in the East End of London in the late 1950s.

  • Video contentPathe: German Children Paint Berlin Wall 1963

    German children paint the Berlin Wall

    The National Archives education team’s film of the month highlights a Pathé film relating to current events, anniversaries or key topics that you may be covering in the classroom. This curious film shows the haunting paintings of children growing up […]

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