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    Public Cooperation with the Household Expenditure Enquiry, 1953-1954

    The Household Expenditure Enquiry of 1953-54 was the first large-scale enquiry into household expenditure and income in the United Kingdom since the Family Budget Enquiry of 1937-1938. It was intended to cover 20,000 households and the Ministry of Labour and…

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    Hidden treasures? Uncovering maps among the files of government

    The National Archives holds over six million maps and plans and the majority are among files, boxes, volumes and rolls. Andrew Janes explores the variety of these ‘hidden’ maps and examines some interesting examples from a range of government departments.…

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    The day parliament burned down

    In the early evening of 16 October 1834, to the horror of bystanders, a huge ball of fire exploded through the roof of the Houses of Parliament, creating a blaze so enormous that it could be seen by the King…

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    Scandals in the family

    This talk explores the deeds and misdeeds of one family, using documents in The National Archives and elsewhere. The tale involves deception, divorce, and the deliberate destruction of official records. Although the main narrative concerns one man, Captain George Boynton,…

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    Nineteenth century merchant seafarers and their records

    Specialist knowledge of merchant seafaring is a boon when identifying men and women and interpreting their lives in one of the most sophisticated 19th and early 20th century sources increasingly used by family history researchers. This talk explains how a…

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    ‘A low artful wicked man’: poverty riots and bread, the response of government to the crises of the 1790s

    The 1790s was a watershed decade in British history with the continuation of population increase and industrialisation, series of poor harvests and war with France. These factors led to a ‘crisis’ in the matching of food production and import of…

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    20th century Treasury records

    Some researchers might feel apprehensive about the prospect of investigating 20th century Treasury records, particularly given the complex nature of Treasury Registry systems of the 18th and 19th centuries. But the good news is that the Treasury records of the…

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    Royal Hospital Chelsea: Soldiers’ service documents

    Military records specialist William Spencer talks about WO 97, one of The National Archives’ most popular record series. This series holds detailed and comprehensive military records of over 1.5 million soldiers who served in the British Army between 1760 and…

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    Sailors, storms and science: how Royal Navy logbooks help us understand climate change

    Dr Dennis Wheeler, from the University of Sunderland, discusses the use of historical Royal Navy logbooks in studies of climate change, focusing on the archival resources rather than scientific conclusions.

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    The Metropolitan Police: its creation and records of service

    London’s Metropolitan Police service was formed in 1829. This talk provides an overview of how crime was dealt with before this date, and how to trace the records of our Metropolitan Police ancestors at The National Archives.

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    The Longest Day

    This videocast is part of the War on Film series, created by The National Archives to mark the 70th anniversary of the Second World War. The series recounts the events that went on to inspire popular war films, using extracts…

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    The final balance: researching families and wealth in the 19th century using the death duty records

    This presentation explores how The National Archives’ collection of death duty records can be used to research families and wealth-holding in 19th century Britain. The talk unravels some of the complexities of working with the records and explains how the…

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    Catching Victorian and Edwardian criminals on paper

    The problem of serious habitual criminals and how to keep track of them greatly exercised the minds of our Victorian and Edwardian forebears. This lecture focuses on the methods utilised by police and government to record and monitor such offenders,…

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    Every journey has two ends: using passenger lists

    The National Archives’ Chris Watts reveals the benefits of using both arrival and departure records when searching for details of our migrant ancestors, as well as demonstrating how the shortcomings of content, indexing and accessibility can be minimised.

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    Tracing Scottish ancestors

    Holding records for Scotland from the union in 1707, The National Archives holds documents on many of our Scottish ancestors. Find out how to go about discovering them in this talk by Audrey Collins.

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