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  • Audio contentObverse of Great Seal of Richard III. 1485. Catalogue reference: DL10-392

    Writer of the month: Mike Pitts on ‘Digging for Richard III: How Archaeology Found the King’

    To accompany the publication of his book ‘Digging for Richard III: How Archaeology Found the King’, Mike Pitts discusses the achievements, disputes and controversies surrounding the discovery of Richard III’s skeleton. Mike Pitts is an archaeologist and award–winning journalist and…

  • 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 contentThe chase and sinking of The Bismarck

    Writer of the month: A history of war in 100 battles – Richard Overy

    ‘Battle is not a game to plug into a computer but a piece of living history: messy, bloody and real.’ Richard Overy, Professor of History at the University of Exeter, Fellow of the British Academy and Member of the European…

  • Audio contentCover of Electric shock, by Peter Doggett (Bodley Head 2015)

    Writer of the month: Peter Doggett – Electric shock: From the gramophone to the iPhone

    Peter Doggett argues that from the birth of recording in the 19th century to the digital age, popular music has transformed the world in which we live. It has influenced our morals and social mores; it has transformed our attitudes…

  • Audio contentIn These Times: Living in Britain through Napoleon’s Wars, 1793-1815, by Jenny Uglow

    Writer of the month: Jenny Uglow

    Author, critic, and historian, Jenny Uglow, talks about her book, In These Times: Living in Britain through Napoleon’s Wars, 1793-1815. This podcast was recorded live as part of the Writer of the month series, which broadens awareness of historical records…

  • Audio contentSomerset's Best Known Landmark, by Mark Robinson, Creative Common licence: Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0) available under Public Licence from httpswww.flickr.comphotos66176388@N0013649848014inphotolist-mNc3g9-sQ9knR-mj9XNp-pXvGvL-989yJm-sQ9kLr-5t3qEJ-dEFJYX-jKuGvs-dg97WN-bLxruT-pXkkb2-o9HZCY-trpXXm-kaaTZG-qM4io3-475Nzi-fAKjvV-9WTdGV-dj2w9j-fPUefC-rH9os7-pwU3Ux-jyfvQw-fm2p1D-tfeE65-fKC32i-qkaMe8-mj9XUB-ka8Bvc-qtjNe7-saHwEj-dvD2AU-aCqHkV-eg3Heb-oCKNp1-ka8n9M-a2uEKw-eH2rxX-jv7LEq-5t3pV1-ivveVk-pfPNua-bB6WTs-iQVrLz-on14dC-kS2FsY-jv7LbQ-pCEjYD-dj2xHN

    Writer of the month: Adam Nicolson – Wordsworth’s and Coleridge’s year together in Somerset, 1797-1798

    Adam Nicolson discusses his research into his forthcoming book about Wordsworth’s and Coleridge’s year in Somerset.  He used documents in The National Archives which relate to the Home Office’s surveillance of the poets in August 1797. Some suspected they might…

  • Audio contentWomen of Britain Save Your Country Buy Saving Certificates 'Joan of Arc', 1918 (catalogue reference NSC 5/8)

    Writer of the month: Helen Castor on Joan of Arc

    Helen Castor in conversation, discussing her new book, Joan of Arc: A history. Find out more about Helen Castor on her website. This podcast was recorded live as part of the Writer of the month series, which broadens awareness 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 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 contentWriter of the Month, November 2014, Dr Tracy Borman

    Writer of the month: Tracy Borman on Thomas Cromwell

    Dr Tracy Borman, author, historian and broadcaster, discusses her biography of Thomas Cromwell. The National Archives hosts a series of monthly talks to broaden awareness of historical records and their uses for writers. Each month, a high-profile author talks about using…

  • 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…

  • Audio contentIlluminated page from volume of indentures between Henry VII and abbot John Islip, 1504 (catalogue reference E 33/1/1290

    Writer of the month: Philippa Gregory

    Philippa Gregory in conversation with Caroline Kimbell, discussing how she uses original records and introducing her new novel, The King’s Curse. Philippa Gregory was already an established historian and writer when she discovered her interest in the Tudor period and wrote…

  • 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,…

  • Video contentQuentin wounded, 1894 (catalogue reference COPY 1/111 (204))

    Writer of the month: Human woes – researching violence and pain in the archives

    Joanna Bourke discusses her book What it Means to be Human: Reflections from 1791 to the Present and how she uses original records in her writing. Joanna Bourke is Professor of History at Birkbeck College, University of London. She is…

  • Audio contenttracy-borman-witches

    Writer of the month: witches, sorcery, scandal and seduction in Jacobean England

    This talk describes the events which unfolded at Belvoir Castle four hundred years ago, during the witch craze. It is a tale of superstition, injustice and conspiracy. Dr Tracy Borman is an author, historian and broadcaster, whose books include the…

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