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  • Audio contentWomen of Britain Save Your Country Buy Saving Certificates 'Joan of Arc', 1918 (catalogue reference NSC 5/8)

    Writer of the month: Helen Castor on Joan of Arc

    Helen Castor in conversation, discussing her new book, Joan of Arc: A history. Find out more about Helen Castor on her website. This podcast was recorded live as part of the Writer of the month series, which broadens awareness of […]

  • Audio contentLondon railway terminus by Grace Golden (catalogue reference INF 3/1740)

    Tracing railway ancestors

    The National Archives holds a vast collection of railway related material, a legacy passed down by hundreds of railway companies which operated in all corners of the UK from 1825 to 1947. Much of this material provides opportunities for local […]

  • Video contentBritish Pathe: Hastings rocks mods, 1964

    Hastings Rocks The Mods

    Each month the Education team’s ‘Take one film’ series highlights a Pathé film relating to current events, anniversaries, key topics that you may be covering in the classroom or just something interesting that we’ve found. This month we’ve chosen this […]

  • Audio contentVictoria and Albert Museum, West Block and Back Elevation, 1900 (catalogue reference WORK 33/2190)

    Big Ideas: Rapid response collecting

    Rapid Response Collecting is a new strand to the V&A’s collecting activity – one that is responsive to global events, situating design in immediate relation to moments of political, economic and social change. Corinna Gardner explores how an IKEA toy […]

  • Audio contentCensus return of 1911, defaced by Louisa Burnham (catalogue reference RG 14/2227)

    Vanishing for the Vote: diverse suffragettes boycott the 1911 census

    Vanishing for the Vote tells the story of what happened on census night, 2 April 1911. Despite decades of campaigning, no woman had won the right to vote. Suffragettes urged women to boycott the census, proclaiming ‘No vote, no census!’. […]

  • Audio contentC0000713 Wellcome Library, London: Anatomical fugitive sheet (Creative Commons Attribution only licence CC BY 4.0 )

    Big Ideas: ‘An heroic, slow-motion cataloguing of life’: ethics and digitisation

    A culture shift is taking place in the Wellcome Library’s Special Collections team.  Driven by a growing realisation that past acquisition policies have left patient perspectives on health and well-being woefully under-represented, they have started to re-evaluate what kinds of […]

  • Audio contentMy History, by Antonia Fraser (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2015)

    Writer of the month: My history – Antonia Fraser

    Antonia Fraser’s memoir describes growing up in the 1930s and 1940s but its real concern is with her growing love of History. The fascination began as a child – and developed into an enduring passion; as she writes, ‘for me, […]

  • Audio contentAdvertisement for the Decca portable gramophone (public domain)

    The huns have got my gramophone: advertisements from the Great War

    In the nineteenth century, Britain led the world in the production of illustrated books and magazines. By the 1890s, commercial artists often drew for both magazine publishers and advertisers, which gave a continuity of style. Some well-known 21st century brands […]

  • Video contentDiscovery search page

    Webinar: Using Discovery, The National Archives’ online catalogue

    Discovery is the key to The National Archives’ holdings – both digitised and original records. This webinar looks at how to conduct searches, using keywords, filters and other useful features. Chrissie Peters works as a Records Adviser in the Advice […]

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  • Each year The National Archives hosts Catalogue Day. This event is open to all, and it showcases a number of current projects and initiatives, covering early and modern records.

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