• Audio contentKarl Marx request for naturalization, notification of refusal (catalogue reference HO 45/9366/36228)

    British nationality: subject or citizen?

    Mark Pearsall looks at the status of immigrants and the concept of nationality over the last 500 years. This talk covers alienage, denization, naturalisation and registration of citizenship and the records of these statuses that survive. This talk also clarifies ...

  • 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 contentEvicition of poor Irish families in Leather Lane Holborn,1892 (catalogue reference ZPER 34/100)

    ‘…we may lie and die in a land of plenty…’: The Victorian poor in their own words

    In all but the most specialist accounts of Victorian histories the poor are often represented through generalisations, graphs or summed up in ‘averaging’ paragraphs. More detailed work might look at the experiences of individual poor people through pulling together accounts ...

  • Audio contentFlyer from the Keep Our Secrets Secret campaign (catalogue reference EXT 1/111)

    Spies like us: The secret life of Ernest Oldham

    The security service files held at The National Archives in series KV 2 reveal that many people involved in espionage, like Foreign Office clerk Ernest Oldham, were ordinary folk who entered an extraordinary world by chance – often with tragic ...

  • 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 contentThe Keeper's Gallery Day 2014

    The Keeper’s Gallery Talk 2014: The UK’s entry to the European Economic Community

    James Cronan, Diplomatic and Colonial Records Specialist at The National Archives, outlines the events around the United Kingdom’s entry to the European Economic Community. This talk was given at The Keeper’s Gallery event on 18 February 2014.

  • Audio contentIllustrated London News, New School Room, Boy's Home, Regent's Park Road (catalogue reference ZPER 34/56 (P 349) )

    He is so silly he would rather have a half pence than a shilling: Discovering the history of learning disability

    Simon Jarrett explores the fascinating and little-known world of the history of people with learning disabilities, known variously over time as idiots, imbeciles, defectives and the mentally handicapped. Using court records, government files, parish records, prints, art and even jokes ...

  • Audio contentfile-closed

    Security Service file release February 2014

    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 30th release of Security Service files to The National Archives in February 2014.  The ...

  • Audio contentSummary of debate on homosexual offences

    From deviance to diversity?

    Finding sexuality and sexual science in the archives. Dr Lesley Hall, Senior Archivist at the Wellcome Library, examines sources at the Wellcome Library on questions of sexuality from approximately 1800 to the present, with particular reference to the roles of ...

  • 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 contentFour generations of the Page family (Southampton)

    News from FamilySearch

    Sharon Hintze brings you up with the latest developments on FamilySearch, the world’s largest genealogical organisation. It is rapidly evolving, with new features and collections, and partnerships with commercial organisations arising almost weekly. Sharon is Director of the London Family ...

  • 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 contentprem-19-1274

    New files from 1984

    Contemporary records specialists Mark Dunton and Simon Demissie discuss the latest batch of government records to be released to The National Archives.  The year was 1984 and Margaret Thatcher’s appointment diary, included in this collection for the first time, shows ...

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