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  • 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 […]

  • Video contentWax seals at The National Archives

    Materiality matters: new approaches to medieval wax seal studies

    Wax seals have been widely studied in terms of how they look, what they depict and what they might mean. But their physical characteristics and their importance as a method of communication are still not fully understood. Our ‘Wax Seals […]

  • Video contentFrench Troops marching in Verdun, France, 1916.

    The battle of Verdun, 1916

    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. It’s 100 years since the Battle of Verdun took place, running […]

  • Video contentPathe film: the power of the atom

    The power of the atom

    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. It’s sixty years since Britain opened its first nuclear power station, […]

  • Video content2016 Pathe film of the month

    Married men conscripted – last farewells in London

    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. It’s 100 years ago this month since conscription was introduced in […]

  • Video contentDL 10/71

    Magna Carta – what’s so ‘great’ about the charter?

    We apologise for the variable sound quality of this podcast. 2015 is the 800th anniversary of the granting of Magna Carta – King John’s Great Charter. This charter guaranteed a number of vital rights and privileges and is still seen as […]

  • Audio content1939-register

    Using the 1939 Register: Recording the UK population before the war

    The preparations had been made well in advance. Now Britain was at war, and as the uniformed army prepared to face the enemy, a civilian army was mobilised at home. National Registration Officers, registrars, and 65,000 enumerators set about the […]

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    For king and another country: Indian soldiers on the Western Front

    Over a million Indian soldiers fought in the First World War, many travelling from remote villages in India to the muddy trenches of France and Flanders. In her book For King and Another Country, writer and journalist, Shrabani Basu, delves […]

  • Video contentThe chase and sinking of The Bismarck

    Writer of the month: A history of war in 100 battles – Richard Overy

    ‘Battle is not a game to plug into a computer but a piece of living history: messy, bloody and real.’ Richard Overy, Professor of History at the University of Exeter, Fellow of the British Academy and Member of the European […]

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