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  • Audio contentPortrait of Queen Anne, 1702 (catalogue reference T 40/4)

    ‘Things as are all Forms, & Ceremonys’: Ritual and authority in the reign of Queen Anne

    Sarah, Duchess of Marlborough, impatient with courtly ritual, gave Queen Anne grudging praise for her knowledge of protocol: ‘She has the greatest memory that ever was, especially for such things as are all forms, & ceremonys, giving people their due […]

  • Audio contentAndover Union Workhouse, 1846 (catalogue reference ZPER 34/9)

    Webinar: Why did people fear the Victorian workhouse?

    The workhouse was a major feature in the lives of the poor, whether or not they were ever inmates themselves. This webinar can help you to explore records in The National Archives, showing what life was like inside the workhouse, […]

  • Audio contentWar Diary page 11th Battalion Leicestershire Regiment, March 1918 (catalogue reference

    Webinar: Tracing British battalions or regiments during the First World War

    Unit war diaries, trench maps and photographs are just some of the sources held in The National Archives. This webinar looks at how to find these records and how to use them. David Langrish graduated in War Studies from the […]

  • Audio contentEmigration to Australia notice, 1841 (catalogue reference CO 384/66)

    Webinar: An introduction to emigration sources for family historians

    This webinar looks at passenger lists and other records for the popular destinations for migrants leaving the UK. Increasing numbers of these records have been digitised and are now available online. Mark Pearsall is a Family History Records Specialist at […]

  • Audio contentA pedigree sketched in a court case (catalogue reference KB 27/224)

    Webinar: An introduction to medieval and early modern sources for family historians

    Medieval and early modern records can be very informative, although they are often harder to locate than those for more recent periods. This webinar provides an overview of sources in The National Archives and elsewhere. Nick Barratt is head of […]

  • Audio contentCrimean War: Major Stokes and group of Anglo-Turkish soldiers (catalogue reference WO 78/1078)

    Webinar: Army musters – more than just accounts

    This webinar looks at how the army accounted for the money it spent on its personnel and what you can discover in the records in addition to financial costs. William Spencer is The National Archives’ Principal Records Specialist in military […]

  • Audio contentFlorence Maybrick 1889 (catalogue reference COPY 1/397)

    Did she kill him? Addiction, adultery and arsenic in Victorian Britain

    Florence Chandler was in her early 20s when she married much older James Maybrick, a Liverpool cotton broker, in 1881. Eight years later, tensions seethed. James was addicted to arsenic. Both were unfaithful. When James died suddenly, Florence was arrested […]

  • Audio contentBig Data for Law

    Big Ideas: Big Data for Law

    Big data is big news. Did you know an estimated 90 per cent of the world’s data was created in the last two years (see www.ibm.com/big-data)? Insights gleaned from large datasets are increasingly driving business innovation and economic growth. Underpinning […]

  • Audio contentLucy Worsley

    Writer of the month: A very British murder

    A Very British Murder is Lucy Worsley’s account of a national obsession – a tale of dark deeds and guilty pleasures. Lucy Worsley is Chief Curator at Historic Royal Palaces, the independent charity which opens up The Tower of London, […]

  • Audio contentCentenary of the start of the First World War

    Peacetime diplomacy and the New European Order

    Professor Alan Sharp, of the University of Ulster, examines diplomacy after the Paris Peace Conference. This talk was recorded live at the one-day conference, War and peace – diplomacy, espionage and the First World War, held on 28 June 2014 […]

  • Audio contentCentenary of the start of the First World War

    Lines in the sand

    Dr Juliette Desplat, of The National Archives, gives an overview of the consequences of the First World War for the Middle East. This talk was recorded live at the one-day conference, War and peace – diplomacy, espionage and the First […]

  • Audio contentCentenary of the start of the First World War

    The road to war: The prelude to war

    Dr Stephen Twigge, of The National Archives, outlines the political landscape preceding the First World War – the July Crisis. This talk was recorded live at the one-day conference, War and peace – diplomacy, espionage and the First World War, […]

  • Audio contentCentenary of the start of the First World War

    Wartime diplomacy: Getting global: American involvement

    Dr Richard Dunley, of The National Archives, discusses American involvement in the First World War, particularly the three-way dynamic of British-American-German relationships. This talk was recorded live at the one-day conference, War and peace – diplomacy, espionage and the First […]

  • Audio contentCentenary of the start of the First World War

    The road to war: At home and abroad: propaganda and intelligence

    Dr Martin Farr, of Newcastle University, discusses propaganda and intelligence in the lead up to the First World War. This talk was recorded live at the one-day conference, War and peace – diplomacy, espionage and the First World War, held […]

  • Audio contentCentenary of the start of the First World War

    Wartime diplomacy: The role of the Empire

    Dr Bryan Glass, of Texas State University, examines the role of the Empire during the First World War. This talk was recorded live at the one-day conference, War and peace – diplomacy, espionage and the First World War, held on […]

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