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  • Audio contentHouses of Parliament from Lambeth bridge.1899. Catalogue reference: COPY1-442(ii)

    Big Data and the gendering of Parliamentary language

    Luke Blaxill discusses the ways in which Big Data techniques can introduce quantification into long-standing historical debates. His example is the case of female MPs in the House of Commons. How is the language they use different to that of […]

  • 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 […]

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    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 contentCHE activist Jackie Forster at Speakers Corner, Hyde Park, 1974

    Amiable Warriors: A History of the Campaign for Homosexual Equality

    The Campaign for Homosexual Equality (CHE) is the oldest surviving LGBT organisation in the UK. With more than 150 local branches and over 6,000 members, it has grown from a small regional committee lobbying for law reform with local MPs, […]

  • Audio contentGuy Burgess, 1951

    Stalin’s Englishman: The Lives of Guy Burgess

    Guy Burgess was a brilliant young Englishman who rose through the ranks of MI5 and MI6 during the Cold War. But as a member of ‘The Cambridge Spies’, he betrayed his country by regularly passing on highly sensitive secret documents […]

  • Audio contentEnquiry into Causation and Prevention of Shell Shock report. 1922. Catalogue reference: WO32-4748.

    Shell-Shocked Britain: Understanding the lasting trauma of the First World War

    Millions of soldiers were scarred by their experiences in the First World War trenches, but how new was what we now know as ‘shell shock’? What treatments were on offer? And what happened after the men came home? Writer and […]

  • Video contentJeff James - UKAD 2016 Forum

    UKAD Forum 2016: Welcome

    Jeff James (Chief Executive and Keeper, The National Archives)  As Chief Executive, Jeff has overall responsibility for The National Archives’ future direction as well as current performance, and is accountable to ministers for both. Jeff started his career as an […]

  • Audio contentThe Midwife and the Health Visitor. 1939-1946. Catalogue reference: INF3-1714

    Heidi Thomas: Researching Call the Midwife

    Screenwriter Heidi Thomas shares the process of transforming Jennifer Worth’s memoirs into the BBC period drama  ‘Call the Midwife’, a TV series about midwives working in the East End of London in the late 1950s.

  • Video contentWax seals at The National Archives

    Materiality matters: new approaches to medieval wax seal studies

    Wax seals have been widely studied in terms of how they look, what they depict and what they might mean. But their physical characteristics and their importance as a method of communication are still not fully understood. Our ‘Wax Seals […]

  • Video contentDL 10/71

    Magna Carta – what’s so ‘great’ about the charter?

    We apologise for the variable sound quality of this podcast. 2015 is the 800th anniversary of the granting of Magna Carta – King John’s Great Charter. This charter guaranteed a number of vital rights and privileges and is still seen as […]

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    Using the 1939 Register: Recording the UK population before the war

    The preparations had been made well in advance. Now Britain was at war, and as the uniformed army prepared to face the enemy, a civilian army was mobilised at home. National Registration Officers, registrars, and 65,000 enumerators set about the […]

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    For king and another country: Indian soldiers on the Western Front

    Over a million Indian soldiers fought in the First World War, many travelling from remote villages in India to the muddy trenches of France and Flanders. In her book For King and Another Country, writer and journalist, Shrabani Basu, delves […]

  • Video contentThe chase and sinking of The Bismarck

    Writer of the month: A history of war in 100 battles – Richard Overy

    ‘Battle is not a game to plug into a computer but a piece of living history: messy, bloody and real.’ Richard Overy, Professor of History at the University of Exeter, Fellow of the British Academy and Member of the European […]

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