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  • 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 […]

  • Audio content1939-register

    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 […]

  • Video contentCOPY 1/207 (130a)

    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 […]

  • Audio contentKV 2/4113

    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 […]

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