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Find podcasts relating to political history. Includes guides to cabinet papers, treaties and MI5 files.

  • Video contentHenry-VIII-illuminated-initial

    Webinar: Henry VIII – Dynasty and power in Tudor England

    This webinar was delivered on 22 September 2016 by Dr Sean Cunningham. Sean is Head of the medieval and early modern team. His has published a number of articles on the Tudors, most recently a best-selling book on Henry’s brother, […]

  • Audio contentA Brazilian ID card for Juan Pujol-Garcia, codename Garbo. Catalogue reference KV 2-4214

    Security Service file release September 2016

    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 September 2016.

  • Audio contentHouses of Parliament from Lambeth bridge.1899. Catalogue reference: COPY1-442(ii)

    Big Data and the gendering of Parliamentary language

    Luke Blaxill discusses the ways in which Big Data techniques can introduce quantification into long-standing historical debates. His example is the case of female MPs in the House of Commons. How is the language they use different to that of […]

  • Video contentPathe: incensed patriots besiege pacifists in a London church.

    Pacifists besieged in a London church, First World War

    This footage shows a meeting of pacifists in a London church, which is interrupted by patriots. We see a large crowd outside the church, some trying to get in and then dragging people out, or throwing things through window. A chair […]

  • 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 […]

  • Video contentCivil rights march, 1966, Mississippi.

    Freedom march in Mississippi

    On June 29 1966, Civil rights campaigners gathered in Jackson, Mississippi, US, and marched into the centre of Jackson, a snapshot of which is captured in this British Pathe film. Fifty years on, The National Archives has launched an educational workshop for students […]

  • Video contentPathe: German Children Paint Berlin Wall 1963

    German children paint the Berlin Wall

    The National Archives education team’s film of the month highlights a Pathé film relating to current events, anniversaries or key topics that you may be covering in the classroom. This curious film shows the haunting paintings of children growing up […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 contentPotocki de Montalk (catalogue reference KV 6 129/1)

    Security Service file release August 2015

    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 August 2015.

  • 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 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 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 contentFormer Embassy of the United Kingdom in Madrid, Spain, 2008. (GNU Free Documentation License Version 1.2)

    Writer of the month: The Spanish ambassador’s suitcase

    Matthew Parris and Andrew Bryson discuss their new book, The Spanish ambassador’s suitcase. Matthew Parris worked for the Foreign Office and the Conservative Research Department before serving as MP for West Derbyshire. He joined The Times as parliamentary sketchwriter in […]

  • Audio contentMargaret Thatcher shakes hands with Japanese MP Michio Watanabe during his visit to the UK in November 1983 (catalogue reference: PREM 19/1555)

    Newly released files from 1985 and 1986

    Contemporary records specialists Mark Dunton and Simon Demissie discuss the latest batch of government records to be released to The National Archives.  The years were 1985 and 1986. Introduced by Rebecca Simpson.

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