Archives and archivists

Whether you’re an archivist, researcher or interested in the field, experts from The National Archives and elsewhere offer insights into archival history, records and the challenges archives face.

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    Big Ideas: Freedom of Memory: A new human right?

    This presentation introduces the concept of Freedom of Memory, which Elizabeth is currently developing.  The talk proposes a possible definition for this potential new human right and explain why such a Freedom is necessary at this point in time.  The […]

  • Audio contentBarbara Hepworth (c 1927), TGA 200314/5/1/3. Document reference: Tate Archives. © Bowness, Hepworth Estate

    Barbara Hepworth, her life and work

    Barbara Hepworth’s life and work examined through records held by selected archives, including The National Archives and the Tate archives, marking the 40th anniversary of her death Inga Fraser is Assistant Curator of Modern British Art 1890-1945 at Tate Britain and […]

  • Audio contentAdvertising material for Tuphine Footballs (catalogue reference COPY 1/285)

    ‘Over the top: a foul a blurry foul’ – the first football charge of the First World War

    Our collection of First World War records is one of the largest in the world. It includes, among many other documents, service records, letters, diaries, maps and photographs.  Part of Britain’s folk memory of the First World War is of […]

  • Audio contentEmpire Marketing Board 1927-1933 poster, The Empire Shop, by Fred Taylor (catalogue reference CO 956/726)

    Kew lives – reconstructing the past

    Emily Ward-Willis explains how to research the local history of an area, using the Mortlake Terrace shops in Kew as a case study. The talk will show how you can use records held by The National Archives, and other archives […]

  • Audio contentCover of Modern Romantics by Alexandra Harris (Dungeness by John Piper)

    Big Ideas: On pilgrimage in England

    The 1930s saw a resurgence of interest in local knowledge and traditions, and intense debate about how it might be possible to ‘go modern’ while honouring the past. Alexandra Harris looks back on her research for Romantic Moderns, remembering how […]

  • Audio contentD H60 moth two seater aircraft design and test, 1925-1928 (catalogue reference AVIA 8/133)

    Big Ideas: Innovation in the Air Force

    Ross Mahoney’s talk is based on sources ranging from operational records held by The National Archives to some of the personal recollections found at other archival institutions and in the memoirs of retired officers. By bringing these together he highlights […]

  • Audio contentBook bindings catalogue, 1880 (catalogue reference COPY 1/49 (475))

    Catalogue Day 2014: Royal Marines 350

    Janet Dempsey gives an update on capturing data in Royal Marines’ records during the 350th anniversary year. Each year The National Archives hosts Catalogue Day. This event is open to all, and it showcases a number of current projects and […]

  • Audio contentSomerset's Best Known Landmark, by Mark Robinson, Creative Common licence: Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0) available under Public Licence from httpswww.flickr.comphotos66176388@N0013649848014inphotolist-mNc3g9-sQ9knR-mj9XNp-pXvGvL-989yJm-sQ9kLr-5t3qEJ-dEFJYX-jKuGvs-dg97WN-bLxruT-pXkkb2-o9HZCY-trpXXm-kaaTZG-qM4io3-475Nzi-fAKjvV-9WTdGV-dj2w9j-fPUefC-rH9os7-pwU3Ux-jyfvQw-fm2p1D-tfeE65-fKC32i-qkaMe8-mj9XUB-ka8Bvc-qtjNe7-saHwEj-dvD2AU-aCqHkV-eg3Heb-oCKNp1-ka8n9M-a2uEKw-eH2rxX-jv7LEq-5t3pV1-ivveVk-pfPNua-bB6WTs-iQVrLz-on14dC-kS2FsY-jv7LbQ-pCEjYD-dj2xHN

    Writer of the month: Adam Nicolson – Wordsworth’s and Coleridge’s year together in Somerset, 1797-1798

    Adam Nicolson discusses his research into his forthcoming book about Wordsworth’s and Coleridge’s year in Somerset.  He used documents in The National Archives which relate to the Home Office’s surveillance of the poets in August 1797. Some suspected they might […]

  • Audio contentMusical score with secret writing, 1915 (catalogue reference KV 1/74 f34)

    Arts and Inspiration Day at The National Archives 2014: Music and lyrics

    Jo Pugh reveals the music, lyrics and poetry lurking in diverse records, from Thomas Byrd’s pupil, John Bull to songs from Second World War prisoner of war camps. Arts and Inspiration Day is a free event for students thinking of […]

  • Audio contentMusical score with secret writing, 1915 (catalogue reference KV 1/74 f34)

    Arts and Inspiration Day at The National Archives 2014: Maps and plans

    Rose Mitchell reveals the maps and plans held at The National Archives. Arts and Inspiration Day is a free event for students thinking of future PhD study which introduces the research potential of The National Archives’ collection. This event was […]

  • Audio contentMusical score with secret writing, 1915 (catalogue reference KV 1/74 f34)

    Arts and Inspiration Day at The National Archives 2014: Propaganda

    Simon Demissie looks at Propaganda through the records held at The National Archives, including the wartime posters in INF 3 and the 1970s ‘Protect and Survive’ Public Information Films. Arts and Inspiration Day is a free event for students thinking […]

  • Audio contentMusical score with secret writing, 1915 (catalogue reference KV 1/74 f34)

    Arts and Inspiration Day at The National Archives 2014: Design history and material culture

    Julie Halls discusses design history and material culture as a potential area for research. Arts and Inspiration Day is a free event for students thinking of future PhD study which introduces the research potential of The National Archives’ collection. 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 contentBook bindings catalogue, 1880 (catalogue reference COPY 1/49 (475))

    Catalogue Day 2014: Prize Papers in the High Court of Admiralty

    Amanda Bevan gives an update on the Prize Papers cataloguing project. 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.

  • Audio contentBook bindings catalogue, 1880 (catalogue reference COPY 1/49 (475))

    Catalogue Day 2014: The keystone of diplomacy – re-cataloguing treaties in The National Archives

    James Cronan outlines a short but important project which enhanced the catalogue descriptions of 272 treaties to make them searchable by their commonly used names. Each year The National Archives hosts Catalogue Day. This event is open to all, and […]

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