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  • Video contentPoster: Women clerks for service in France (catalogue reference NATS 1/109 (2))

    Webinar: Tracing your ancestors – women in the military services during the First World War

    Emily Stidston hosts this webinar which introduces women’s service and other records from 1914 to 1918 and beyond. These records include Army, Royal Navy, Royal Air Force, Merchant Navy, nursing services and voluntary organisations. You can download a PDF of […]

  • Audio contentSomerset's Best Known Landmark, by Mark Robinson, Creative Common licence: Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0) available under Public Licence from httpswww.flickr.comphotos66176388@N0013649848014inphotolist-mNc3g9-sQ9knR-mj9XNp-pXvGvL-989yJm-sQ9kLr-5t3qEJ-dEFJYX-jKuGvs-dg97WN-bLxruT-pXkkb2-o9HZCY-trpXXm-kaaTZG-qM4io3-475Nzi-fAKjvV-9WTdGV-dj2w9j-fPUefC-rH9os7-pwU3Ux-jyfvQw-fm2p1D-tfeE65-fKC32i-qkaMe8-mj9XUB-ka8Bvc-qtjNe7-saHwEj-dvD2AU-aCqHkV-eg3Heb-oCKNp1-ka8n9M-a2uEKw-eH2rxX-jv7LEq-5t3pV1-ivveVk-pfPNua-bB6WTs-iQVrLz-on14dC-kS2FsY-jv7LbQ-pCEjYD-dj2xHN

    Writer of the month: Adam Nicolson – Wordsworth’s and Coleridge’s year together in Somerset, 1797-1798

    Adam Nicolson discusses his research into his forthcoming book about Wordsworth’s and Coleridge’s year in Somerset.  He used documents in The National Archives which relate to the Home Office’s surveillance of the poets in August 1797. Some suspected they might […]

  • Audio contentFanny and Stella, by Neil McKenna

    Fanny and Stella: the young men who shocked Victorian England

    The gripping story of the trial that shook Victorian England – a tale of cross-dressing, cross-examinations and the invention of camp, shortlisted for the Stonewall Awards 2013 (Writer of the Year) and for the 2013 Green Carnation Prize. Neil McKenna, […]

  • Audio contentMusical score with secret writing, 1915 (catalogue reference KV 1/74 f34)

    Arts and Inspiration Day at The National Archives 2014: Music and lyrics

    Jo Pugh reveals the music, lyrics and poetry lurking in diverse records, from Thomas Byrd’s pupil, John Bull to songs from Second World War prisoner of war camps. Arts and Inspiration Day is a free event for students thinking of […]

  • Audio contentMusical score with secret writing, 1915 (catalogue reference KV 1/74 f34)

    Arts and Inspiration Day at The National Archives 2014: Maps and plans

    Rose Mitchell reveals the maps and plans held at The National Archives. Arts and Inspiration Day is a free event for students thinking of future PhD study which introduces the research potential of The National Archives’ collection. This event was […]

  • Audio contentMusical score with secret writing, 1915 (catalogue reference KV 1/74 f34)

    Arts and Inspiration Day at The National Archives 2014: Propaganda

    Simon Demissie looks at Propaganda through the records held at The National Archives, including the wartime posters in INF 3 and the 1970s ‘Protect and Survive’ Public Information Films. Arts and Inspiration Day is a free event for students thinking […]

  • Audio contentMusical score with secret writing, 1915 (catalogue reference KV 1/74 f34)

    Arts and Inspiration Day at The National Archives 2014: Design history and material culture

    Julie Halls discusses design history and material culture as a potential area for research. Arts and Inspiration Day is a free event for students thinking of future PhD study which introduces the research potential of The National Archives’ collection. This […]

  • Audio contentCato Street conspiracy, 1820 (catalogue reference HO 44/4 (16))

    Portillo’s State Secrets

    Researcher Tommy Norton introduces some of the 30 documents featured in the BBC 2 ten-part television series, Portillo’s State Secrets. He also talks about the background to the series. Originally a journalist on local newspapers and magazines, Tommy spent four […]

  • Audio contentWomen of Britain Save Your Country Buy Saving Certificates 'Joan of Arc', 1918 (catalogue reference NSC 5/8)

    Writer of the month: Helen Castor on Joan of Arc

    Helen Castor in conversation, discussing her new book, Joan of Arc: A history. Find out more about Helen Castor on her website. This podcast was recorded live as part of the Writer of the month series, which broadens awareness of […]

  • Audio contentSikh sepoys, non-commissioned and Indian Officers in uniform and mufti (catalogue reference CN 4/8)

    One in six: the South Asian contribution to the First World War

    One hundred years ago, undivided India provided Britain with a massive volunteer army in its hour of need. From 1914-1918 close to 1.5 million Indians served, fighting in all the major theatres of war, from Flanders’ fields in Belgium to […]

  • Audio contentLondon railway terminus by Grace Golden (catalogue reference INF 3/1740)

    Tracing railway ancestors

    The National Archives holds a vast collection of railway related material, a legacy passed down by hundreds of railway companies which operated in all corners of the UK from 1825 to 1947. Much of this material provides opportunities for local […]

  • Audio contentVictoria and Albert Museum, West Block and Back Elevation, 1900 (catalogue reference WORK 33/2190)

    Big Ideas: Rapid response collecting

    Rapid Response Collecting is a new strand to the V&A’s collecting activity – one that is responsive to global events, situating design in immediate relation to moments of political, economic and social change. Corinna Gardner explores how an IKEA toy […]

  • Audio contentSikh sepoys, non-commissioned and Indian Officers in uniform and mufti (catalogue reference CN 4/8)

    India in the First World War

    The National Archives’ principal military specialist William Spencer is joined by Brigadier Brian McCall, defence advisor in the British High Commission in New Delhi, Squadron Leader Rana Chhina, with the United Service Institution of India in New Delhi, Dr Santanu […]

  • Audio contentBook bindings catalogue, 1880 (catalogue reference COPY 1/49 (475))

    Catalogue Day 2014: Prize Papers in the High Court of Admiralty

    Amanda Bevan gives an up date on the Prize Papers cataloguing project. Each year The National Archives hosts Catalogue Day. This event is open to all, and it showcases a number of current projects and initiatives, covering early and modern […]

  • Audio contentBook bindings catalogue, 1880 (catalogue reference COPY 1/49 (475))

    Catalogue Day 2014: The keystone of diplomacy – re-cataloguing treaties in The National Archives

    James Cronan outlines a short but important project which enhanced the catalogue descriptions of 272 treaties to make them searchable by their commonly used names. Each year The National Archives hosts Catalogue Day. This event is open to all, and […]

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