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    Writer of the month: Researching untold histories

    Dr Kathleen Chater discusses her book Researching Untold Histories: Black people in England and Wales during the period of the British slave trade, c1660-1807. Kathleen worked for the BBC until 1994. One of her interests was family history so when…

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    Writer of the month: An intimate history of your home

    Lucy Worsley discusses the writing of If Walls Could Talk: An Intimate History of your Home. Lucy is Chief Curator at Historic Royal Palaces, the independent charity which opens up the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace and Kensington Palace…

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    Writer of the month: Suddenly, all roads led to Munich, 1936 – why I wrote Winter Games

    Rachel Johnson discusses the writing of Winter Games. Rachel is a columnist, bestselling novelist and the ninth editor of the world’s oldest women’s weekly, The Lady magazine. She was educated at St Paul’s Girls’ School and New College, Oxford. She…

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    Writer of the month: Writing a history of one’s own times

    Peter Hennessy is Attlee Professor of Contemporary British History at Queen Mary, University of London, a Fellow of the British Academy and President of the Friends of The National Archives. In 2010 Lord Hennessy was appointed an independent crossbench peer.…

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    Writer of the month: In conversation with Dominic Sandbrook

    A session in conversation with Dominic Sandbrook, talking about his recent book, ‘Seasons in the Sun: The Battle for Britain, 1974-1979′, as part of our Writer of the Month series of talks. Dominic Sandbrook is one of Britain’s best-known historians.…

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    Writer of the month: An A-Z of interesting things about Elizabethan England

    Ian Mortimer started his career as a poet, then qualified as an archivist and later became a historian and a novelist. In this podcast Ian talks through an A-Z of facts about Elizabethan England. Between 1991 and 2003 Ian worked for a…

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    Writer of the month: The children of Henry VIII

    John Guy tells the story of the family drama of England’s wealthiest and most powerful king. It is a tale of jealousy, mutual distrust and often bitter sibling rivalry, simmering beneath the magnificent pageantry and stormy politics of the Tudor…

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    Writer of the month: Stalingrad and Berlin – researching the reality of war

    Antony Beevor discusses his experience of researching the reality of war. Antony Beevor is an author whose books include: Stalingrad (Samuel Johnson, Wolfson and Hawthornden Prizes); Berlin The Downfall; The Battle for Spain (Premio La Vanguardia); D-Day – The Battle…

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    Writer of the month: In conversation with Dr Gus Casely-Hayford

    A session in conversation with Gus Casely-Hayford, talking about his recent book, The Lost Kingdoms of Africa, presented by Dr Gus Casely-Hayford. Dr Gus Casely-Hayford is an art historian who, after completing his PhD in African history, went on to run…

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    How to publish with The National Archives

    Are you interested in publishing your writing with The National Archives? Dr Hester Vaizey from the in-house Publishing Team explains how this works. She explains the benefits of working in partnership with The National Archives and will offer guidance on…

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    How to research a famous person in The National Archives

    Join records expert Mark Dunton for a step-by-step explanation of how to research a famous person in The National Archives. Taking the case study of Britain’s first female Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher, the podcast goes through the key steps to…

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    How to mine The National Archives for writing fiction

    Think you might want to write historical fiction but don’t know where to begin? During this podcast historian Dr Katherine Mair shows you how to unlock a wealth of inspiration held within the documents at The National Archives. You will…

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    Writer of the month: Hunting for spies in The National Archives

    In our first Writer of the Month talk, Times journalist Ben Macintyre discusses his latest book Double Cross: The True Story of the D-Day Spies (Bloomsbury, 2012) and how he turned his research into a published work. Ben Macintyre is…

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