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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 contentFCO 158/6

    Security Service file release October 2015: Discussion

    Stephen Twigge head of modern collections at The National Archives in conversation with Professor Christoper Andrew former official historian of MI5 and author of ‘The Defence of the Realm: The Authorized History of MI5′, and Gill Bennett former chief historian of […]

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    Security Service file release October 2015: Introduction

    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 October 2015.

  • 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 contentRugby, by Hugh Thompson (catalogue reference COPY 1/232)

    First World War rugby and the first World Cup

    When Britain’s Empire went to war in August 1914, rugby players were among the first men to volunteer. Leading from the front, they paid a high price. After four long years, Armistice came and it was time to play rugby […]

  • 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 contentThe 1939 National Register

    1939 National Registration Night

    In 1939, on the eve of the Second World War, the British government introduced an Act that would allow them to gather vital information about the country’s population. This information would inform their decisions on identity cards, rationing and conscription. […]

  • 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 Electric shock, by Peter Doggett (Bodley Head 2015)

    Writer of the month: Peter Doggett – Electric shock: From the gramophone to the iPhone

    Peter Doggett argues that from the birth of recording in the 19th century to the digital age, popular music has transformed the world in which we live. It has influenced our morals and social mores; it has transformed our attitudes […]

  • 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 contentWomen constructing part of airship, 1916 (catalogue reference AIR 1/2307/215/19)

    War Girls – poetry and prose by women in the First World War

    Ruth Sillers talks about, and performs extracts, from her audio book compilation, War Girls. The study is a commemoration of the remarkable and largely unsung experiences of women in the First World War told in their own words. Some are […]

  • Audio contentPotocki de Montalk (catalogue reference KV 6 129/1)

    Security Service file release August 2015

    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 August 2015.

  • 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 contentBattle of Waterloo, by Paul Jayet, 1884 (catalogue reference COPY 1/367)

    Waterloo men: the records of Wellington’s Waterloo army

    By taking two men who fought at Waterloo and exploring how different records bring their careers to life, Carole Divall demonstrates the hidden stories that can be found within army records. Carole Divall is a former teacher and now researches, […]

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