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  • 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 […]

  • 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 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 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’ […]

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