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  • 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 […]

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

    Catalogue Day 2014: Seditions to petitions – Disturbance Papers and Criminal Petitions, 1816-1838

    Briony Paxman and Chris Day outline the cataloguing project around HO 40, Home Office Disturbance Papers. and HO 17, Home Office: Criminal Petitions, Series I, and the Pentrich Rising in Derbyshire. Each year The National Archives hosts Catalogue Day. This […]

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

    Catalogue Day 2014: Operation War Diary

    Laura Cowdrey and Steve Hirschorn describe the largest in-house digitisation project undertaken by The National Archives – the First World War unit war diaries – and how volunteers have helped to collect data. Each year The National Archives hosts Catalogue […]

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

    Catalogue Day 2014: Discovery update

    Jonathan Cates gives an update on Discovery, our catalogue. 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 records.

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

    Catalogue Day 2014: Foreign Office – cataloguing Correspondence for 1906

    Sally Hoult introduces the project to catalogue Foreign Office Correspondence for 1906. 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: introduction by Jeff james

    Jeff James, Chief Executive and Keeper of The National Archives, introduces Catalogue Day 2014. This annual event is open to all, and it showcases a number of current projects and initiatives, covering early and modern records.

  • Audio contentCensus return of 1911, defaced by Louisa Burnham (catalogue reference RG 14/2227)

    Vanishing for the Vote: diverse suffragettes boycott the 1911 census

    Vanishing for the Vote tells the story of what happened on census night, 2 April 1911. Despite decades of campaigning, no woman had won the right to vote. Suffragettes urged women to boycott the census, proclaiming ‘No vote, no census!’. […]

  • Audio contentC0000713 Wellcome Library, London: Anatomical fugitive sheet (Creative Commons Attribution only licence CC BY 4.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ )

    Big Ideas: ‘An heroic, slow-motion cataloguing of life’: ethics and digitisation

    A culture shift is taking place in the Wellcome Library’s Special Collections team.  Driven by a growing realisation that past acquisition policies have left patient perspectives on health and well-being woefully under-represented, they have started to re-evaluate what kinds of […]

  • Audio contentMy History, by Antonia Fraser (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2015)

    Writer of the month: My history – Antonia Fraser

    Antonia Fraser’s memoir describes growing up in the 1930s and 1940s but its real concern is with her growing love of History. The fascination began as a child – and developed into an enduring passion; as she writes, ‘for me, […]

  • Audio contentAdvertisement for the Decca portable gramophone (public domain)

    The huns have got my gramophone: advertisements from the Great War

    In the nineteenth century, Britain led the world in the production of illustrated books and magazines. By the 1890s, commercial artists often drew for both magazine publishers and advertisers, which gave a continuity of style. Some well-known 21st century brands […]

  • Audio contentPolitical map of Africa (catalogue reference CO 700/AFRICA27)

    Lines on the map: records of international boundaries

    The National Archives holds one of the largest and most important accumulations of maps in the world.  They document the United Kingdom’s involvement in shaping boundaries and in resolving boundary disputes over many centuries, either as a colonial power, neutral […]

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