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 contentA company of Cadet Officers on parade at No. 1 RGA Officer Cadet School at Trowbridge, November 1917 © IWM (Q 54250)

    Cataloguing Projects 2016, part 3: Re-cataloguing First World War officers’ files

    An overview of the cataloguing projects that took place at The National Archives in 2016. Records specialist George Hay highlights the experiences and outcomes of the recently completed volunteer project to re-catalogue the record series WO 374, one of two […]

  • Audio contentA map of East Bergholt, Suffolk, from 1817. Catalogue reference MR1-247

    Cataloguing Projects 2016, part 2: The Enclosure Map Project

    An overview of the cataloguing projects that took place at The National Archives in 2016. Records specialist Emma Down and systems developer Matt Hillyard explain how data gifted to The National Archives on land enclosure maps during the eighteenth and […]

  • Audio contentExamples of railway tickets from the W E Hayward Collection. Catalogue reference: ZSPC11-694

    Cataloguing Projects 2016, part 1: The W.E. Hayward Collection

    An overview of the cataloguing projects that took place at The National Archives in 2016. Records specialist Steven Cable summarises the ongoing cataloguing work of ZPSC 11, a special collection of railway photographs, postcards and ephemera.

  • 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 contentA photograph of participants at the Archivist as Interpreter conference at the British Library

    Archivist as Interpreter Conference: Part 1

    This is a recording of The National Archives’ ‘Archivist as Interpreter’ conference held at the British Library in March 2016. The conference explored the ways in which archivists and cultural heritage professionals interpret their collections. Part 1: Morning session Introduction: Jamie […]

  • Audio contentA photograph of participants at the Archivist as Interpreter conference at the British Library

    Archivist as Interpreter Conference: Part 2

    This is a recording of The National Archives’ ‘Archivist as Interpreter’ conference held at the British Library in March 2016. The conference explored the ways in which archivists and cultural heritage professionals interpret their collections. Part 1: Afternoon session Panel talk: ‘Challenging the […]

  • 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 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 contentA photograph of an anti-Hanoverian Jacobite poem. 12 March 1717. Catalogue reference: SP42-16-(30)

    Simply a Jacobite woman? The life experience of Lady Nairne

    Lady Nairne was a noted Jacobite who played an important part in rousing support for the risings of both 1715 and 1745. This talk draws upon letters and papers to examine the experiences of Lady Nairne and other Jacobite women […]

  • 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 contentLocation of the theft of the Jules Rimet Trophy (the World Cup), from Central Hall, Westminster. 1966. Catalogue reference: DPP2-4167

    England ’66: The best of times?

    It was a year when England won the World Cup and led the world in all aspects of popular culture, including pop music, fashion, and film. But it was also a time of sterling crises, wage and price freezes, and industrial strife. Contemporary specialist Mark Dunton looks […]

  • Audio contentWomen's Land Army group. Catalogue reference: MAF59-146

    100 years of the WI: The acceptable face of feminism

    Professor Maggie Andrews discusses some of the key campaigns and concerns of the Women’s Institute, from its origins in the First World War to the 1950s when, with half a million members, it was firmly established as the largest women’s […]

  • Video contentGordon_Childe

    Archaeology and espionage: The secret political life of Professor Vere Gordon Childe

    Dr Katie Meheux, UCL Institute of Archaeology, discusses Professor Vere Gordon Childe (1892-1957). Childe was one of the most influential figures of 20th century archaeology, but his political life remains enigmatic. Security Service files kept on Childe reveal that he […]

  • Audio contentPatella fracture. 1868. Catalogue reference: ADM101-139 (36)

    Writer of the Month: Richard Barnett on Crucial Interventions

    In this talk medical historian Richard Barnett explores surgery during the 19th century, from the application of antisepsis to experiments with hypnosis. What happened in the early operations that used anaesthesia, and why were patients initially reluctant to agree to it? Richard Barnett is a […]

  • Audio contentClock design. 1871. Catalogue reference: BT43-30 (254688)

    Big Ideas: The Future of the Past

    This presentation discusses the role that the material and intellectual heritage of a community can play in shaping and reshaping its identity, along a historical continuum. With a brief history of the Ismaili Muslims in focus, the presentation highlights some […]

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