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  • Audio contentA photograph of a blind man taken in Bournemouth in 1895. Catalogue reference: COPY1-420

    Blindness in Victorian Britain

    This talk traces how blind and visually-impaired people in the Victorian era became increasingly vocal in seeking control and ownership over the social and political issues that directly affected them, and introduces some of the era’s most prominent and influential […]

  • Audio contentA cardboard model of London Bridge from 1911. Catalogue reference: COPY1-357-152

    A tourist’s guide to Shakespeare’s London

    Discover what it was like to wander the streets of Shakespeare’s London. Though large portions of the city from Shakespeare’s time have since been destroyed by fire, war and developers, a surprising number of buildings and places still survive. Author David Thomas […]

  • Audio contentMagna Carta, third issue, 1225. Catalogue reference: DL10-71

    Magna Carta: Law, Liberty and Legacy

    In this podcast, Julian Harrison discusses Magna Carta’s fascinating history and legacy, focusing on some of the key loans made by The National Archives to the British Library’s ‘Magna Carta’ exhibition in 2015. Julian Harrison is a curator of Pre-1600 […]

  • Audio contentA depiction of medical work during the war in the Far East by the artist Gordon Nicoll. Catalogue reference: INF3-1475-(C)

    Prisoners of war in the Far East

    Prisoners of war in the Far East experienced some of the most horrifying and traumatic conditions of the Second World War. But what of the experiences of family members and loved ones left at home during this time? In this […]

  • Audio contentAn illustration for the magazine 'Ditty Box' which depicts a medieval scene of traders on the beach. By the artist Jack Matthew. Catalogue reference: INF3/688

    England’s Immigrants between 1330 and 1550

    This talk explores a new research database which provides an insight into immigration in England in the late medieval period. The database holds around 65,000 names of immigrants who were living in England between 1330 and 1550. Dr Jonathan Mackman […]

  • Audio contentInventions and suggestions for artificial limbs.1916-1917. Catalogue reference: MUN7-285 (2).

    Worn out by war: Disabled soldiers and their pensions

    How can military records help us to reconstruct and understand the lives of disabled people and their families in the 18th and 19th centuries? This talk will explore how the pension records of the Royal Hospital of Chelsea (home of […]

  • Audio contentClementine Churchill inspects members of the ATS at the Royal Artillery Experimental Unit © IWM (TR 680)

    First Lady: The Life and Wars of Clementine Churchill

    Sonia Purnell presents the inspiring but often ignored story of one of the most important women in modern history – the original ‘First Lady’. Discover the fascinating story of her influence on Britain’s wartime leader, through the Churchills’ ‘wilderness years’ […]

  • Audio contentObverse of Great Seal of Richard III. 1485. Catalogue reference: DL10-392

    Writer of the month: Mike Pitts on ‘Digging for Richard III: How Archaeology Found the King’

    To accompany the publication of his book ‘Digging for Richard III: How Archaeology Found the King’, Mike Pitts discusses the achievements, disputes and controversies surrounding the discovery of Richard III’s skeleton. Mike Pitts is an archaeologist and award–winning journalist and […]

  • Audio contentHouses of Parliament from Lambeth bridge.1899. Catalogue reference: COPY1-442(ii)

    Big Data and the gendering of Parliamentary language

    Luke Blaxill discusses the ways in which Big Data techniques can introduce quantification into long-standing historical debates. His example is the case of female MPs in the House of Commons. How is the language they use different to that of […]

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