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  • Audio contentReverse side of the Great Seal of John.1202. Catalogue reference: DL10-56.

    The life and death of King John

    King John’s acts of misgovernment prompted his barons to demand reform, setting the kingdom on the road to civil war and leading to John’s grant of Magna Carta. Why was he seen as such a terrible king and how did […]

  • Audio contentSailors with wreck of Zeppelin L15, shot down April 1916. Catalogue reference: AIR1-645-17-122-325

    Defeating the Zeppelins

    For almost two years during the First World War, German airships roamed over the British countryside, bombing towns and villages without fear of a significant response from the aircraft assigned to defend the country. But all that changed in the […]

  • Audio contentA sketch of a medieval scene by Jack Matthew. Catalogue reference: INF3-691

    The Battle of Agincourt

    In 1415, King Henry V led an army to victory on the field of Agincourt. In this talk, which commemorated the 600th anniversary of the Battle of Agincourt, Professor Anne Curry discusses the events leading up to the conquest, and the […]

  • Video contentSomme Tales

    Somme Tales

    Funded by the Friends of The National Archives, Somme Tales is a creative project that took place at the archives from 1-5 August 2016 in partnership with professional film-maker Nigel Kellaway. Applications were invited from young people across the country […]

  • Audio contentThe Battle of the Atlantic by Jonathan Dimbleby.

    Jonathan Dimbleby on ‘The Battle of the Atlantic: How the Allies Won the War’

    In this talk, broadcaster and acclaimed author Jonathan Dimbleby shows how Britain’s success in the Battle of the Atlantic led to the allied victory in 1945. Through extraordinary personal diaries and letters written by both sailors and politicians, he will […]

  • Audio contentA data map showing the connections between different sets of records held at The National Archives.

    Traces through Time: a new tool for finding linked records across our collections

    This talk introduces ‘Traces through Time’, a project by The National Archives which combines historical data sets and the latest technology to help researchers find linked records across our collections. Starting with service records from the First World War, the […]

  • Audio contentRegister of 30,000 women in the snow at Ravensbrueck camp, a drawing by Violette Lecoq 1946. Catalogue reference: RW2-2

    Never Forget: The Holocaust and Nazi Persecution

    In this talk – held as part of Holocaust Memorial Day – record specialists Ela Kaczmarska and Lauren Willmott shed light on the atrocities committed during this dark period of history and the millions of victims who were persecuted by the […]

  • Audio contentA Brazilian ID card for Juan Pujol-Garcia, codename Garbo. Catalogue reference KV 2-4214

    Security Service file release September 2016

    Professor Christopher Andrew, formerly official historian of MI5 and author of ‘The Defence of the Realm: The Authorized History of MI5′, introduces key files from the release of Security Service files to The National Archives in September 2016.

  • 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 […]

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