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Prime Minister’s papers from 1989 and 1990 released

Fri, 30 Dec 2016 00:01:51 +0000

Today we have released files from the Prime Minister’s Office and Cabinet Office spanning the eventful years of 1989 and 1990. The newly released files shed light on a range of subjects both at home and abroad, and end with the resignation of Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. The files are available to view in the public […]

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Prime Minister’s office files (PREM) – 1989-90

Fri, 30 Dec 2016 00:01:10 +0000

Prime Minister Personal correspondence with Princess Margaret Catalogue reference: PREM 19/2577 Date range: 9 January 1980 – 7 February 1980 This file contains two letters: a photocopy of one from Thatcher to Princess Margaret; and an original, handwritten letter from Princess Margaret to Thatcher, on Kensington Palace headed paper. The letters discuss both writers’ visits […]

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Closures over Christmas and New Year

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 13:40:26 +0000

We will be closed from Saturday 24 December to Wednesday 28 December, and from Saturday 31 December to Monday 2 January inclusive. Find more information about our opening times and closure dates on our Visit us pages. For information about public transport in the festive period, visit the Transport for London website.

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Two successes in Digital Preservation Awards

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 13:25:54 +0000

The National Archives celebrated two successes at the Digital Preservation Awards ceremony at the Wellcome Collection on Wednesday evening.

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Discover 100 years of Cabinet Office history

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 11:41:46 +0000

In 100 years of Cabinet Office records, some of the most important moments in British history have been captured in fascinating and revealing detail. Visit our new online resource to explore the Cabinet story. December 2016 marks the 100th anniversary of Lloyd George’s premiership and the first ever official and systematic record of Cabinet proceedings. From […]

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Chancellor Geoffrey Howe’s Private Office files released

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 00:01:26 +0000

Today we have released Geoffrey Howe’s Private Office papers from his time as Chancellor of the Exchequer, between May 1979 and June 1983.

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Newly accredited archive services

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 09:00:09 +0000

The UK Archive Service Accreditation Committee is pleased to announce that the following archive services were awarded accredited status at the recent meeting of the Archive Service Accreditation Panel: Imperial War Museums The Keep The Mills Archive National Meteorological Library and Archive Nottinghamshire Archives Shropshire Archives Special Collections and Museum of English Rural Life, University […]

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Second World War British Army casualty lists available online

Fri, 11 Nov 2016 08:00:12 +0000

The records of more than 1.1 million British Army officers, nurses, and other ranks reported as killed in action, missing, or taken prisoner have been published online…

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Changes in the first floor reading rooms

Mon, 07 Nov 2016 09:56:01 +0000

During November, building works will begin on site as we construct a versatile new events space. These works will require a temporary relocation of the enquiry desk within our reading rooms, as well as a rearrangement of some of the furniture and facilities. The enquiry desk will be in its new location from Tuesday 22 […]

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Book Week Scotland 2016: Highland Archive Centre

Fri, 04 Nov 2016 16:14:27 +0000

This year Highland Archive Centre are combining their Explore Your Archive campaign with Book Week (Scotland). As anyone who works in an archive will know, there are thousands of interesting stories and fascinating characters hiding in repositories across the country. Highland Archive Centre have selected some documents which are particularly character/setting rich and invited local writing […]

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Archives and Records Association, Ireland

Fri, 04 Nov 2016 15:48:23 +0000

The annual ARA public awareness campaign ‘Explore Your Archives’ is now in its fourth year in the Ireland region. As with previous years, there has been great interest from archive services all around the island with many events planned, story boxes created, and exhibitions and newly accessible collections being launched. A tiny flavour of these […]

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Chef Bryn Williams explores recipe archives

Fri, 04 Nov 2016 15:00:43 +0000

Renowned Welsh chef, Bryn Williams, will be helping to kick off the Explore Your Archive campaign in Wales at Denbighshire Archives in Ruthin Gaol on Friday 18 November. Hailing from Denbigh in North Wales, Bryn Williams learnt to appreciate food and its origins from an early age. He has worked in some of the most prestigious […]

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Consultation on new vision for archives announced

Mon, 10 Oct 2016 08:00:30 +0000

Today The National Archives has announced a consultation period to co-create a new strategic vision with the archive sector. During the summer The National Archives engaged with archivists, users and partners from across the wider culture heritage sector to help shape the new vision. The next step will run from October to January and result […]

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New Artwork for the Explore Your Archive campaign

Fri, 07 Oct 2016 09:25:12 +0000

New artwork is available for the Explore Your Archive Campaign this year. The National Archives and the Archives and Records Association has commissioned the additional artwork, which is available in a variety of sizes and formats. These can be used across a variety of publicity, from posters to social media banners to leaflets, and we’re looking forward to seeing what […]

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Sculptures by artist Ian Kirkpatrick now on display

Tue, 04 Oct 2016 15:11:25 +0000

Today marked the opening of our latest exhibition, A Graphic War, here at The National Archives. Hosting seven sculptural pieces by York-based artist Ian Kirkpatrick throughout our Kew site, the high impact works will show our public space in a new light. We’ve created an interpretation trail which you can pick up upon arrival, allowing you to locate all […]

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Volunteers complete extensive WO 374 project

Mon, 03 Oct 2016 12:00:10 +0000

A project completed by volunteers at The National Archives has made searching for relatives who fought in the First World War easier.

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Latest MI5 files released

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 23:01:30 +0000

Today we have made available to the public 137 previously top secret files from the UK Security Service, or MI5.

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Celebrating our volunteers

Wed, 14 Sep 2016 09:02:14 +0000

The National Archives celebrated the achievements of all of our dedicated volunteers with our annual volunteers event…

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Journey back to the Home Front with new online resource

Tue, 06 Sep 2016 08:21:05 +0000

Following a year in development, The National Archives launches its exciting new online platform, Great Wharton. The fully-responsive resource brings together the more quirky and unusual side of the British Home Front in the First World War, discoverable from a bird’s-eye perspective of the fictional town of Great Wharton. With cases taken directly from our records – including an ‘egg train’, […]

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