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.

  • Audio contentOld Somerset House (catalogue reference WORK 30/265 (1 of 2))

    Early civil registration

    Everyone researching 19th century English or Welsh ancestors is familiar with birth, marriage and death certificates, but how much thought do we give to the origins of the General Register Office which was created to look after these records? Not ...

  • Audio contentThree children looking over York city wall, 1900 (catalogue reference Copy 1/447)

    Big Ideas: The Great Archive Debate: a view from York

    At the end of the last century the great heritage debate transformed thinking about public engagement with the past in historic sites and museums. Do new initiatives in archives promise something similar in public engagement with history now, and how ...

  • Audio contentinf-3-707-1939-1946

    Big Ideas: From catwalk to cultural collections

    Big Ideas is a series of briefings on big ideas coming out of The National Archives’ research programme. Covering themes of innovation, creativity and excellence each Big Idea will share with colleagues and professionals aspects of innovative research taking place ...

  • Audio contentmind-the-gap

    Big Ideas: Mind the Gap

    Mind the Gap is an entirely collaborative project which has has gathered the real-life experiences of professionals in the heritage science field. It has included partners from The National Archives, UCL, Tate and the University of Exeter. The project team ...

  • Audio contentHO 287/1496 (35)

    Public Cooperation with the Household Expenditure Enquiry, 1953-1954

    The Household Expenditure Enquiry of 1953-54 was the first large-scale enquiry into household expenditure and income in the United Kingdom since the Family Budget Enquiry of 1937-1938. It was intended to cover 20,000 households and the Ministry of Labour and ...

  • Audio contentImperial Calendar

    Hidden treasures? Uncovering maps among the files of government.

    The National Archives holds over six million maps and plans and the majority are among files, boxes, volumes and rolls. Map specialist Andrew Janes explores the variety of these ‘hidden’ maps and examines some interesting examples from a range of ...

  • Audio contentthe-day-parliament-burned-down

    The day parliament burned down

    Find out about one of the most seminal events of the 19th century, which not only changed the face of London, but also led to the creation of The National Archives itself. In the early evening of 16 October 1834, ...

  • Audio contentAIR-25-792-Volkswagenwerke-at-Fallersleben-bombed-1944

    Cars and democracy: British trusteeship of Volkswagen 1945 to 1949

    This talk gives an overview of British policy and the decisions relating to the Volkswagenwerk GmbH, and today’s Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft. Production was set up in December 1945, against all obstacles, along with a dealers and service organisation. They began to ...

  • Audio contentTurn of the century stationery including English typewriter (catalogue reference: STAT 20/446/1890)

    The pleasures and pains of contemporary history

    Peter Hennessy discusses the pleasures and pains of writing history in one’s own times. Hennessy is Attlee Professor of Contemporary British History at Queen Mary, University of London, a Fellow of the British Academy and President of the Friends of ...

  • Audio contentWallpaper design 1839-1841 (catalogue reference: BT 42/14/89)

    Design online: extending access to the BT Design Register

    This talk focuses on recent research linked to widening online access the Board of Trade Design Register, a huge collection of nearly 3 million designs and their registration records, dating 1839-1991. It reports on the transcription, cataloguing and online delivery ...

  • Audio contentThe Cradle at work, Gold Mining, Australia 1900, cat. ref. COPY 1-446

    Australia in War and Peace, 1914-19

    The ‘Australia in War and Peace, 1914-19′ research project is a major collaborative research project between the Menzies Centre for Australian Studies (MCAS), King’s College London and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) in Canberra, Australia. The ultimate ...

  • Audio contentUKAD forum 2013

    UKAD forum 2013: Plenary 2: Panel Discussion

    Patricia Methven, UKAD Steering Committee Member, chairs a discussion between Representatives from Google’s Cultural Institute, Wikipedia, the Digital Public Space, The Space and Europeana. The UKAD forum is an opportunity for archivists and information professionals to hear and share some ...

  • Audio contentUKAD forum 2013

    UKAD forum 2013: Trenches to Triples: Linked Data markup to archive descriptions relating to the First World War

    Lianne Smith talks about using Linked Data markup to archive descriptions relating to the First World War. The UKAD forum is an opportunity for archivists and information professionals to hear and share some of the latest thinking around online access ...

  • Audio contentUKAD forum 2013

    UKAD forum 2013: What is an API and what might the Discovery API mean for contributing data to Discovery?

    Alexs Drozdov talks about what an API is, and what the Discovery API might mean for contributing data to Discovery. The UKAD forum is an opportunity for archivists and information professionals to hear and share some of the latest thinking ...

  • Audio contentHillsborough document

    Hillsborough: the tangled web

    As a member of the Hillsborough Independent Panel, Christine Gifford led the Panel on the discovery and disclosure of the information subsequently put in the public domain in support of the Report of the Panel in September 2012. In this ...

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