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The National Archives is the official archives and publisher for the UK Government, and for England and Wales. We work to bring together and secure the future of the public record, both digital and physical, for future generations.

The National Archives is open to all, offering a range of activities and spaces to enjoy, as well as our reading rooms for research. Many of our most popular records are also available online.

Website: www.nationalarchives.gov.uk
Twitter: @UKNatArchives
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Venue Type:

Archive

Opening hours

Tuesday 09:00 - 19:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 19:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00
Saturday 09:00 - 17:00

Closed Sunday and Monday

Admission charges

Free

Archives of the British government covering over a thousand years of world history and all seven continents from Arctic explorers and Middle Eastern embassies to papal bulls and the photographic collections of Colonial administrations.

Collection details

Weapons and War, Trade and Commerce, Social History, Photography, Maritime, Law and Order, Archives

Key artists and exhibits

  • Domesday Book
  • Magna Carta
  • Declaration of Independence
  • Valor Ecclesiasticus
  • Victorian photographs
Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Palaeography

Reading old documents: Introduction to Medieval and Tudor palaeography

  • 28 June 2017 6-7pm

Reading old documents: Introduction to Medieval and Tudor palaeography

In this series of three monthly webinars, you will learn the basic skills required to read handwriting from the past, and discover some tips and tricks to help you get to grips with original documents.


Over the course of the series, you will have the opportunity to discover some of the unique historical documents in our collection, including a widow’s will from the 15th century, legal records from the Star Chamber (one of the most powerful courts in Tudor England) and an inventory of Thomas Cromwell’s house.

All documents will be in English, no knowledge of Latin is required.


This is the second instalment of a three-part series.

The first and second parts of this series can be found here:

Part one - https://www.eventbrite.com/e/webinar-reading-old-documents-introduction-to-medieval-and-tudor-palaeography-tickets-32439281765?aff=culture24

Part two - https://www.eventbrite.com/e/webinar-reading-old-documents-introduction-to-medieval-and-tudor-palaeography-tickets-32440379047?aff=culture24

Where

Webinars are online only events

Admission

This is a free online event.

Website

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/webinar-reading-old-documents-introduction-to-medieval-and-tudor-palaeography-tickets-32440403119?aff=culture24

A women’s war: WAACS, WRNS and women’s work

A women’s war: WAACS, WRNS and women’s work

  • 30 March 2017 1-4pm

Join us for an afternoon of talks focusing on women in the First World War.

Elisabeth Shipton will look at the voluntary organisations that preceded the WAAC, and focus on how perceptions of women changed in the two and a half years between the start of the war and the formation of the WAAC in 1917. Dr Samantha Philo-Gill will focus on the establishment of the Corps and explore the experiences of those who served in France – from enrolment to demobilisation. Our First World War Diverse Histories Researcher, Louise Bell, will talk about the Women’s Royal Naval Service – from the formation of this ground breaking organisation to stories of the actual women who enrolled, utilising sources from The National Archives.

These talks will be accompanied by a document display of relevant original material held here at The National Archives.

Admission

Free Event

Website

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-womans-war-waacs-wrns-and-womens-work-tickets-30218858419?aff=culture24

Working on the schedules at the Census Office, Acton 1931

Webinar - Census records

  • 3 April 2017 1-2pm

Census records are invaluable sources of information for all family historians. In this webinar, we will look at some useful tips for finding your relatives and overcoming the challenges of tracing some of the ‘hard-to-find’ people.

This webinar is part of a week-long series of instructional webinars looking at various aspects of researching your family history using our collection. The other webinars in this series can be found here:

Discovery: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/webinar-discovery-tickets-32432385137?aff=culture24

Criminal ancestors: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/webinar-criminal-ancestors-tickets-32432475407?aff=culture24

Emigration records: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/webinar-emigration-records-tickets-32432622848?aff=culture24

First World War army ancestors: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/webinar-first-world-war-army-ancestors-tickets-32432757250?aff=culture24


Webinars are online only events.

Where

Webinars are online only events.

Admission

This is a free online event.

Website

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/webinar-census-records-tickets-32432279822?aff=culture24

Discovery

Webinar - Discovery

  • 4 April 2017 1-2pm

Discovery is our online catalogue and is the key to tracing records held at The National Archives. This webinar will explain how to most effectively search Discovery, using both the simple and advanced search options.

This webinar is part of a week-long series of instructional webinars looking at various aspects of researching your family history using our collection. The other webinars in this series can be found here:

Census records: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/webinar-census-records-tickets-32432279822?aff=culture24

Criminal ancestors: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/webinar-criminal-ancestors-tickets-32432475407?aff=culture24

Emigration records: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/webinar-emigration-records-tickets-32432622848?aff=culture24

First World War army ancestors: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/webinar-first-world-war-army-ancestors-tickets-32432757250?aff=culture24

Where

Webinars are online only events

Admission

This is a free online event.

Website

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/webinar-discovery-tickets-32432385137?aff=culture24

Pentonville prison, prisoner 1875-1876

Webinar - Criminal ancestors

  • 5 April 2017 1-2pm

This webinar will introduce records of ninteenth and twentieth century criminal ancestors, including records of trials, incarceration and transportation.

This webinar is part of a week-long series of instructional webinars looking at various aspects of researching your family history using our collection. The other webinars in this series can be found here:

Census: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/webinar-census-records-tickets-32432279822?aff=culture24

Discovery: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/webinar-discovery-tickets-32432385137?aff=culture24

Emigration records: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/webinar-emigration-records-tickets-32432622848?aff=culture24

First World War army ancestors: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/webinar-first-world-war-army-ancestors-tickets-32432757250?aff=culture24

Where

Webinars are online events only.

Admission

This is a free online event.

Website

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/webinar-criminal-ancestors-tickets-32432475407?aff=culture24

Wartime food

Family event - Wartime food and drink for families

  • 5 April 2017 10:30am-12pm, 1-2:30pm

How do you make ‘Mock Goose’? Why was it illegal to sell fresh bread in wartime? What does bread made from potatoes taste like?

In a jam-packed session of activities, discover how the First and Second World Wars changed the way families in Britain ate. Explore our collection of documents on food during the wars before following our family fun trail and find out what we’re growing in our brand new wartime allotment.

This session is designed for 7-11 year olds, but older and younger siblings are also welcome.

Adults do not need to book for themselves.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 11-13

Admission

This is a free event designed for 7-11 year olds, but older and younger siblings are also welcome.

Adults do not need to book for themselves.

Website

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/family-event-wartime-food-and-drink-for-families-tickets-32432934781?aff=culture24

From the Somme to Arras

From the Somme to Arras

  • 6 April 2017 2-4pm

In 1917, the British and Canadians – together with intelligence from the Royal Flying Corps – took the German position of Vimy Ridge as part of the Battle of Arras, April to May 1917.

By the end of April, the ’flying life’ of a pilot was down to mere days; with inexperienced pilots pitted against Germany’s ‘Red Baron’. Peter Hart (Imperial War Museum) will tell the story of the air war over Arras.

Andrew Lock will discuss progress made by the British Expeditionary Forces between the battles of the Somme (1916) and Arras. Although lessons were learned during the Somme campaign, Arras clearly exposed command and preparation deficiencies, leading to setbacks and the highest casualty rate of any British offensive in the war.

Admission

This is a free event - book now to secure your place.

Website

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/from-the-somme-to-arras-tickets-32433562659?aff=culture24

CORB children to New Zealand 1940-1941

Webinar - Emigration records

  • 6 April 2017 1-2pm

Emigration records are found in many different record series at The National Archives and this webinar will introduce you to some of the key collections - such as passenger lists, passports and assisted passages.

This webinar is part of a week-long series of instructional webinars looking at various aspects of researching your family history using our collection. The other webinars in this series can be found here:


Census: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/webinar-census-records-tickets-32432279822?aff=culture24

Discovery: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/webinar-discovery-tickets-32432385137?aff=culture24

Criminal ancestors: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/webinar-criminal-ancestors-tickets-32432475407?aff=culture24

First World War army ancestors: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/webinar-first-world-war-army-ancestors-tickets-32432757250?aff=culture24

Where

Webinars are online only events

Admission

This is a free online event.

Website

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/webinar-emigration-records-tickets-32432622848?aff=culture24

Troops travelling to Manchester for review by Lord Kitchener March 1915

Webinar - First World War army ancestors

  • 7 April 2017 1-2pm

This webinar explains how to start tracing individual men and women who served in the British Army using records held at The National Archives.

This webinar is part of a week-long series of instructional webinars looking at various aspects of researching your family history using our collection. The other webinars in this series can be found here:

Census: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/webinar-census-records-tickets-32432279822?aff=culture24

Discovery: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/webinar-discovery-tickets-32432385137?aff=culture24

Criminal ancestors: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/webinar-criminal-ancestors-tickets-32432475407?aff=culture24

Emigration records: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/webinar-emigration-records-tickets-32432622848?aff=culture24

Where

Webinars are online only events

Admission

This is a free online event.

Website

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/webinar-first-world-war-army-ancestors-tickets-32432757250?aff=culture24

Death, Dirt, Diseas

Webinar - Death, dirt and disease in the ninteenth century

  • 12 April 2017 6-7pm

Cholera ravaged England in 1848-1849; the terrible disease found a perfect home in the filthy and overcrowded towns of the industrial revolution.

In 1848 the Public Health Act was passed to try and remedy the insanitary conditions of the country, allowing towns to establish a Local Board of Health to cleanse their communities. Local boards were overseen by the General Board of Health, whose records at The National Archives are being catalogued in a project funded by the Wellcome Trust.

This webinar will explore what these rich records can tell us about sanitary conditions in the ninteenth century, as well as showing how local historians can use these records to explore the history of where they live.

Where

Webinars are online only events

Admission

This is a free online event.

Website

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/webinar-death-dirt-and-disease-in-the-ninteenth-century-tickets-32433681013?aff=culture24

American entry into the First World War

American entry into the First World War

  • 20 April 2017 2-4pm

The American entry into the First World War was one of the key turning points in the history of the 20th century.

This workshop will explore the tortuous process which brought the United States into the war alongside Britain and France. Looking at seminal events, such as the sinking of the Lusitania and the Zimmermann Telegram, it will go on to look at the impact of American entry into the conflict.

The event will allow you to get hands on with some of The National Archives’ extraordinary documents charting the development of the relationship between Britain and the United States of America.

Admission

£10

Website

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/american-entry-into-the-first-world-war-tickets-32438543557?aff=culture24

Surviving the Holocaust

Surviving the Holocaust

  • 21 April 2017 1:30-3:30pm

Following capture by the SS in May 1943, Lady Zahava Kohn and her family spent almost two years in Nazi concentration camps.

In spite of the appalling conditions they faced, Zahava and her parents survived and were released in 1945. Over 70 years after her liberation, we are honoured to invite Lady Zahava Kohn to talk about her experiences in the camps.

In addition to her own unique and personal account, Zahava’s daughter, Hephzibah Rudofsky, will also speak at the event, providing a second-generation perspective. There will be a display of Zahava’s remarkable trove of documents, letters and photographs, alongside records from our collection.

Admission

This is a free event - book now to secure your place.

Website

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/surviving-the-holocaust-tickets-32438927706?aff=culture24

Palaeography

Webinar - Reading old documents: Introduction to Medieval and Tudor palaeography

  • 26 April 2017 6-7pm

Reading old documents: Introduction to Medieval and Tudor palaeography

In this series of three monthly webinars, you will learn the basic skills required to read handwriting from the past, and discover some tips and tricks to help you get to grips with original documents.

Over the course of the series, you will have the opportunity to discover some of the unique historical documents in our collection, including a widow’s will from the 15th century, legal records from the Star Chamber (one of the most powerful courts in Tudor England) and an inventory of Thomas Cromwell’s house.

All documents will be in English, no knowledge of Latin is required.


This is the first instalment of a three-part series.

The second and third parts of this series can be found here:

Part two - https://www.eventbrite.com/e/webinar-reading-old-documents-introduction-to-medieval-and-tudor-palaeography-tickets-32440379047?aff=culture24

Part three - https://www.eventbrite.com/e/webinar-reading-old-documents-introduction-to-medieval-and-tudor-palaeography-tickets-32440403119?aff=culture24

Webinars are online only events

Where

Webinars are online only events

Admission

This is a free online event.

Website

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/webinar-reading-old-documents-introduction-to-medieval-and-tudor-palaeography-tickets-32439281765?aff=culture24

Culture. Revolution. Scandal. Catalogue references: Inf 14/147, HO 325/126, Mepo 2/10964

Archives at Night: Sixties

  • 19 May 2017 6:30-10pm

Culture. Revolution. Scandal...

Take a trip back to the 1960s as part of Museums at Night!

A decade that defined a generation, the sixties in Britain brought us everything from Beatlemania to miniskirts. Yet it was also a time of acute political unrest that saw the destruction of traditional structures and constraints.

Using original material from our records, come on a journey to discover some of the most fascinating aspects of the era - from the Profumo affair, to mods and rockers, and the sexual revolution.

A full evening of entertainment will include…

-Document display of original records from sixties Britain
-Talks by experts
-Entertainment including music and performance
-Vintage badge making
-Themed photo booth
-Prizes and giveaways
-Cocktail bar with mixologist
-Food to purchase

Ticket price includes one cocktail on arrival.

Sixties-inspired clothing optional but encouraged.

More activities will be added to the programme, which is subject to change. Keep an eye on our events page for more information.

These evening events are very popular so book now to guarantee your place. Please note, this event is suitable for adults only (18+).

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£15
20% Discount for Friends of The National Archives (one ticket per Friend)

Website

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/archives-at-night-sixties-tickets-31922662543?aff=museumsatnight

Palaeography

Webinar - Reading old documents: Introduction to Medieval and Tudor palaeography

  • 24 May 2017 6-7pm

Reading old documents: Introduction to Medieval and Tudor palaeography

In this series of three monthly webinars, you will learn the basic skills required to read handwriting from the past, and discover some tips and tricks to help you get to grips with original documents.


Over the course of the series, you will have the opportunity to discover some of the unique historical documents in our collection, including a widow’s will from the 15th century, legal records from the Star Chamber (one of the most powerful courts in Tudor England) and an inventory of Thomas Cromwell’s house.

All documents will be in English, no knowledge of Latin is required.

This is the second instalment of a three-part series.

The first and third parts of this series can be found here:

Part one - https://www.eventbrite.com/e/webinar-reading-old-documents-introduction-to-medieval-and-tudor-palaeography-tickets-32439281765?aff=culture24

Part three - https://www.eventbrite.com/e/webinar-reading-old-documents-introduction-to-medieval-and-tudor-palaeography-tickets-32440403119?aff=culture24

Where

Webinars are online only events

Admission

This is a free online event.

Website

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/webinar-reading-old-documents-introduction-to-medieval-and-tudor-palaeography-tickets-32440379047?aff=culture24

The National Archives
Kew
Surrey
TW9 4DU
England

Website

www.nationalarchives.gov.uk

E-mail

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Telephone

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