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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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Registration closing soon for Discovering Collections, Discovering Communities 2016

Wed, 31 Aug 2016 10:00:13 +0000

Registration is open for this year’s Discovering Collections, Discovering Communities conference, to be held between 10-12 October 2016 at The Lowry, Salford Quays, Manchester. Delivered jointly by The National Archives and Research Libraries UK, the conference will look at the varied and innovative ways in which archives, museums, libraries, and academia can help realise the […]

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Foreign and Commonwealth Office files from 1984 and 1985 released

Wed, 24 Aug 2016 06:00:14 +0000

More than 1,000 Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) records from 1984 and 1985 are now available to view in the reading rooms at The National Archives. This release contains records from the following file series: 1984 series FCO 21 – Foreign Office and Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Far Eastern Department: Registered Files (F and FE […]

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Archives at Night: Victorian Crime announced

Tue, 23 Aug 2016 15:51:05 +0000

Crime. Punishment. Corruption… On Friday 28 October, delve into the Victorian underworld at our very special Museums at Night event! Using original material from our records, discover the true stories behind some of the most high-profile Victorian criminal cases – such as Jack the Ripper, the Spanish Swindle, the trial and imprisonment of Oscar Wilde […]

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Shakespeare’s will on display in our Keeper’s Gallery

Fri, 19 Aug 2016 15:40:42 +0000

Until 3 September Following its display at the By Me William Shakespeare exhibition at Kings College, London and most recently at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, Shakespeare’s will has returned to us at The National Archives. Don’t miss your chance to see it in our Keeper’s Gallery before 3 September, when this iconic document will be […]

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Sign up for our Discovery workshops

Fri, 19 Aug 2016 11:59:25 +0000

Do you use Discovery, our catalogue? Can you help us make it even better? We are keen to understand how you are currently using Discovery and how you think it can be improved. We are holding a series of workshops that cater for all levels of Discovery users: whether you are a one-off user, an occasional […]

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Read our annual report and accounts 2015-16

Mon, 01 Aug 2016 10:27:04 +0000

The thirteenth annual report and accounts for The National Archives are now available online, where you can read about our highlights during 2015-16. This year’s annual report also marks the first year of achievements for Archives Inspire, our ambitious, audience-focussed strategy. Read more in the full report.

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New ministerial appointments

Fri, 22 Jul 2016 12:29:20 +0000

Our parent department the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has welcomed a number of new Ministers.

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More files from 1986-88 released

Wed, 20 Jul 2016 23:01:18 +0000

Today we released more files from the Prime Minister’s Office and the Cabinet Office, spanning the years 1986-88. The files are available to view in the public reading rooms at The National Archives, Kew. A selection of files has been digitised and can be viewed and downloaded using Discovery, our catalogue. Highlights from the files […]

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Cabinet Office files (CAB)

Wed, 20 Jul 2016 23:01:07 +0000

AIDS Crisis Home and Social Affairs Ctte. – AIDS and Official Committee on AIDS Catalogue reference: CAB 134/5135–5137 and 5253–5254 Date: 1988 These files deal with the government’s response to the AIDS crisis touching on various elements of policy and planning. Included in the files are discussions of public education campaigns and their development and […]

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Committee announces newly Accredited Archive Services

Wed, 20 Jul 2016 09:06:35 +0000

Over fifty archive services have now achieved accredited status since the launch of Archive Service Accreditation in 2013. Accredited archive services provide a high level of service to their users, preserve their collections in line with national standards and are robust, sustainable archives which plan and deliver ongoing improvement. After the latest Accreditation Panel, the […]

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Prime Minister’s Office files (PREM)

Tue, 19 Jul 2016 23:01:02 +0000

Immigration Catalogue reference: PREM 19/1800 Date range: 2 September 1982 – 27 March 1986 This file begins in September 1982 amidst a discussion between Norman Tebbit, the Secretary of State for Employment and Willie Whitelaw, the Home Secretary, reacting to changes in Australian rules, which had allowed young adults to stay for a number of years […]

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Shakespeare’s will heads to Stratford

Fri, 15 Jul 2016 10:00:37 +0000

One of our most important original documents relating to William Shakespeare is set to return to his hometown for the very first time since it was written 400 years ago. William Shakespeare’s last will and testament will be making its way back to Stratford-upon-Avon this summer for the very first time since it was written […]

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Voices of the Home Fronts programme announced

Wed, 13 Jul 2016 15:44:37 +0000

The National Archives, together with the Everyday Lives in War Engagement Centre - on behalf of the five national World War One Engagement Centres funded...

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Somme told through newly digitised war diaries

Fri, 01 Jul 2016 06:37:27 +0000

Research carried out by staff at The National Archives into newly digitised war diaries has unearthed information about the men commemorated on two...

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Prisoner of war records now available online

Tue, 28 Jun 2016 08:34:20 +0000

More than 764,000 records of servicemen, women and civilians who were taken captive during the Napoleonic Wars, Crimean War, Boer War, First World War and Second World War have been published online.

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Somme Tales: A unique opportunity for 16-19 year olds

Thu, 16 Jun 2016 14:40:50 +0000

We are looking for 16-19 year old students to work on an exciting summer holiday project to produce a film about the experiences of Commonwealth soldiers...

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Royal Navy First World War Lives at Sea project announced

Tue, 17 May 2016 12:58:57 +0000

We have once again joined forces with the National Maritime Museum (NMM) and the Crew List Index Project team (CLIP) to create a new free-to-search database resource relating to all the Royal Navy officers and ratings that served in the First World War - First World War Royal Navy Lives at Sea.

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New Shakespeare discovery reveals fee for royal favour

Fri, 22 Apr 2016 23:02:24 +0000

Archivists at The National Archives have discovered a 400-year-old document which reveals a new insight into how Shakespeare’s acting company rose to become royal favourites, known as the King’s Men. It has long been known that Shakespeare and his colleagues acted as the Lord Chamberlain’s Men under Elizabeth I, and that King James I and VI […]

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