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  • 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 contentThe 1939 National Register

    1939 National Registration Night

    In 1939, on the eve of the Second World War, the British government introduced an Act that would allow them to gather vital information about the country’s population. This information would inform their decisions on identity cards, rationing and conscription. […]

  • 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 content"Berlin leaving". Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons - http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Berlin_leaving.jpg#mediaviewer/File:Berlin_leaving.jpg

    Writer of the month: Stories from behind the Berlin Wall

    Hester Vaizey discusses her latest book, Born in the GDR: Living in the Shadow of the Wall, which reveals the everyday lives of citizens of the former German Democratic Republic The National Archives is again hosting a series of monthly […]

  • Video contentInventions That Didn't Change the World by Julie Halls (Thames & Hudson, 2014)

    Inventions that didn’t change the world: a history of Victorian curiosities

    In an era when Britain led the world in technological innovation, a host of lesser inventors were also hard at work. Registering designs for copyright was quicker and cheaper than the convoluted patenting process; anyone with what they thought was […]

  • Audio contentInventions That Didn't Change the World by Julie Halls (Thames & Hudson, 2014)

    Inventions that didn’t change the world: a history of Victorian curiosities – audio

    In an era when Britain led the world in technological innovation, a host of lesser inventors were also hard at work. Registering designs for copyright was quicker and cheaper than the convoluted patenting process; anyone with what they thought was […]

  • Audio contentMulticomputer for signal processing 1974 (licensed under Creative Commons)

    1974: forty years on

    Mark Dunton looks back at UK National events in 1974 in this illustrated podcast. Drawing on the public records he highlights some unusual or little known aspects about the events of that year.  1974 was a difficult year in modern […]

  • Audio contentkv2-3875-1

    Security Service file release October 2014

    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 2014.

  • Audio contentTwo models meeting and partly turning, Muybridge, 1887 (catalogue reference COPY 1/383)

    Big Ideas: Understanding patterns of behaviour for users of public records

    When Google launched in 1998, a prime ingredient in their not-so-secret sauce was the question: if a user randomly clicked links where on the web might they end up? They called the answer PageRank. This involved treating the web as […]

  • Video contentHong Kong (catalogue reference CO 1069/457)

    From British bobby to Hong Kong copper

    This year marks the 170th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Police. This talk traces the history of the organisation through the stories of a few very ordinary British constables from the 1840s up to the First World […]

  • Audio contentValor Ecclesiasticus illuminated heading, 1535 (catalogue reference E 344/22 f2)

    ‘A World of Their Design’: The men who shaped Tudor diplomacy

    In a time of shifting politics and world changing events, three men would emerge as masterful diplomats, ambassadors and advisors who possessed a shrewd political acumen. They each shared a complex and intriguing relationship with the other, while manipulating the […]

  • Audio contentYacht Marguerite 1884 (catalogue reference COPY 1/370)

    The naval policy of the Free Church of Scotland

    In 1843 the established Church of Scotland suffered a large secession of members who formed the Free Church of Scotland. In the early years of its existence the new church had to overcome a shortage of buildings and clergy, as […]

  • 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 contentAir Ministry letter concerning West Indian recruits (catalogue reference AIR 2/8278)

    The untold story of the RAF’s black Second World War fliers over Europe

    The RAF aircrew recruited from the Caribbean and West Africa who overcame the official British Colour Bar to serve over Europe.

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