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06/05/2021
Trials #Podcast | Episode three

#Trials #Podcast | Ep. 3 Out now

Our final episode takes a closer look at evidence by examining pieces of courtroom evidence, including a red suit seized from a LGBTQ+ space in the 1930s & the calling card that led to Oscar Wilde’s downfall.

Listen now: https://pod.link/1460242815

Festival of Britain 70 years onThe last video in our series is from Mini Moderns,  a design company strongly influenced ...
06/05/2021
Festival of Britain 70 Years On: Mini Moderns

Festival of Britain 70 years on

The last video in our series is from Mini Moderns, a design company strongly influenced by the mid-century look epitomised by the Festival of Britain. Based in London, Keith Stephenson and Mark Hampshire design ‘pattern with a story’ and produce wallpapers, fabrics, cushions, rugs and ceramics.

Watch the full video here:

Mini Moderns is a design company strongly influenced by the mid-century look epitomised by the Festival of Britain. Based in London, Keith Stephenson and Mar...

Today’s #archivejigsaw  is this aerial view of the Festival of Britain, including depictions of the Royal Festival Hall,...
05/05/2021

Today’s #archivejigsaw is this aerial view of the Festival of Britain, including depictions of the Royal Festival Hall, Skylon, Dome of Discovery, drawn by architectural perspectivist JDM Harvey. http://orlo.uk/aeeNz

Don’t forget it’s your last chance to register for our free event ‘Tonic to the Nation’. Join us and #SouthbankCentre Archive as we celebrate 70 years since #FestivalOfBritain by taking you behind the scenes of how it was planned and how it’s remembered: http://orlo.uk/bPZ4V

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Today’s #archivejigsaw is this aerial view of the Festival of Britain, including depictions of the Royal Festival Hall, Skylon, Dome of Discovery, drawn by architectural perspectivist JDM Harvey. http://orlo.uk/aeeNz

Don’t forget it’s your last chance to register for our free event ‘Tonic to the Nation’. Join us and #SouthbankCentre Archive as we celebrate 70 years since #FestivalOfBritain by taking you behind the scenes of how it was planned and how it’s remembered: http://orlo.uk/bPZ4V

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Napoleon Bonaparte, former Emperor of the French, died #OTD 5 May 1821, on the remote Atlantic island of St Helena.Read ...
05/05/2021
5 May 1821: ‘Napoleon is no more’ - The National Archives blog

Napoleon Bonaparte, former Emperor of the French, died #OTD 5 May 1821, on the remote Atlantic island of St Helena.

Read Juliette Desplat, Head of Modern Collections, blog in which she focuses on the events following his death, using records from our collection.

http://orlo.uk/Qm9s4

ref: TS 22/2

200 years ago, on 5 May 1821, Napoleon Bonaparte, former Emperor of the French, died on the remote Atlantic island of St Helena. The story of his fateful defeat at Waterloo and of his exile to St Helena by the British in 1815 is well known, so I will look today at what happened after […]

Festival of Britain 70 years onIn our third video, we hear from Naomi Games, the daughter of Abram Games, one of the 20t...
05/05/2021
Festival of Britain 70 Years On: Naomi Games

Festival of Britain 70 years on

In our third video, we hear from Naomi Games, the daughter of Abram Games, one of the 20th century’s most important graphic designers. He was responsible for designing the symbol for the Festival of Britain as well as government posters during the Second World War, all inspired by his design philosophy, ‘maximum meaning, minimum means’.

Watch the full video here:

Naomi Games is the daughter of Abram Games, one of the 20th century’s most important graphic designers. He was responsible for designing the symbol for the F...

Festival of Britain 70 years onIn our second video, we hear from Paula Day, the daughter of British designers Robin and ...
04/05/2021
Festival of Britain 70 Years On: Paul Day

Festival of Britain 70 years on

In our second video, we hear from Paula Day, the daughter of British designers Robin and Lucienne Day whose work featured in the Festival and who both continued to contribute to British design for over half a century.

Watch the full video here: https://youtu.be/zrSBrxZgG7M

Southbank Centre

Paula Day is the daughter of designers Robin and Lucienne Day whose work featured in the Festival of Britain and who both continued to contribute to British ...

Today marks the 70th anniversary of Royal Festival Hall and the Festival of Britain. To celebrate this, we're pleased to...
03/05/2021
Festival of Britain 70 Years On: Katherine Howells

Today marks the 70th anniversary of Royal Festival Hall and the Festival of Britain.

To celebrate this, we're pleased to be able to release a series of videos this week to help commemorate this event ☺️

In this video, Katherine Howells, part of The National Archives’ Visual Collections Team, which specialises in art, design and photographic records, including those of the Festival of Britain Office, talks about how the Festival developed and showcases some of the key buildings and structures of the South Bank site through the fascinating visual records held at The National Archives.

To watch the full video, please follow the link to our YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/QeG2DCJq2JQ

Katherine Howells is part of The National Archives’ Visual Collections Team, which specialises in art, design and photographic records, including those of th...

Explore the lives of your ancestors, the history of your home or grow your family tree this weekend with the help of Fin...
30/04/2021

Explore the lives of your ancestors, the history of your home or grow your family tree this weekend with the help of Find My Past.

From 10 am (BST) 30 April to 3 May, all British censuses from 1841 to 1911 will be completely free to search and explore.

Free access to these essential resources will provide all visitors to the site with the opportunity to discover a whole host a valuable family details.

All visitors are required to register an account before searching for free.

For more information, visit http://orlo.uk/toJO3

Explore the lives of your ancestors, the history of your home or grow your family tree this weekend with the help of Find My Past.

From 10 am (BST) 30 April to 3 May, all British censuses from 1841 to 1911 will be completely free to search and explore.

Free access to these essential resources will provide all visitors to the site with the opportunity to discover a whole host a valuable family details.

All visitors are required to register an account before searching for free.

For more information, visit http://orlo.uk/toJO3

Join us for a live audio-play experience with Tamasha Theatre Company on 4 May, 14:00. Hear two stories of migration rel...
29/04/2021
Once British, Always British: A live audio-play experience

Join us for a live audio-play experience with Tamasha Theatre Company on 4 May, 14:00. Hear two stories of migration relating to Yemini and India sailors in the 1920s, in this captivating two-part play based on real material uncovered in our collection:

Online Audio Play

We're delighted to see our Regional Community Partnership Manager, Iqbal Singh, speaking at the 10th event in the Nation...
29/04/2021
Event 10: National Archives & Therapeutic Practice - 18 May — National Programmes Conference

We're delighted to see our Regional Community Partnership Manager, Iqbal Singh, speaking at the 10th event in the National Programmes Conference on Tuesday 18th May.

Archival Research and Therapeutic Practice: Interrogating Fact and Fiction when working on topics relating to Racism, Colonialism, and Empire, reflects on a collaboration between researchers at The National Archives, Stillpoint Spaces, and The Black, African and Asian Therapy Network (BAATN).

To book your ticket for this important event, please follow the link below:

Pre-COVID-19, there was still much to do to address histories in relation to racism, colonialism and empire: emotionally labour-intensive work that needs to address both the facts that are uncovered and also the feelings they provoke. In light of the overbearing sense of unprecedented change and cha...

Join us on 30 April for a #DeepDiscoveries project webinar on computer vision search and engagement applications in #her...
28/04/2021
Computer Vision and Heritage: Opportunities for Research and Engagement

Join us on 30 April for a #DeepDiscoveries project webinar on computer vision search and engagement applications in #heritage collections.

We've a great line-up of speakers, who will be providing their insights and sharing their expertise. It's set to be a great session.

Please follow the link for more details and to make a booking:

The first of two webinars on the research and engagement opportunities offered by Computer Vision developments for Heritage Collections.

Today’s #archivejigsaw relates to the controversial Victorian trial of the Tichborne claimant. Play the jigsaw while lis...
28/04/2021

Today’s #archivejigsaw relates to the controversial Victorian trial of the Tichborne claimant. Play the jigsaw while listening to ep.2 of our #Trials podcast, on the history of jury trials and another famous case: http://orlo.uk/m02y4
#Podcast: http://orlo.uk/2ZcMO

Today’s #archivejigsaw relates to the controversial Victorian trial of the Tichborne claimant. Play the jigsaw while listening to ep.2 of our #Trials podcast, on the history of jury trials and another famous case: http://orlo.uk/m02y4
#Podcast: http://orlo.uk/2ZcMO

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Rommel Pereira as a new non-executive member to The National Archives’ B...
27/04/2021
New member joins The National Archives’ board - The National Archives

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Rommel Pereira as a new non-executive member to The National Archives’ Board. Read more below:

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Rommel Pereira as a new non-executive member to The National Archives’ board. Rommel will also take up the

Have you completed our audience survey? Don't worry, you've time to submit your response to us as our our survey closes ...
27/04/2021

Have you completed our audience survey? Don't worry, you've time to submit your response to us as our our survey closes tomorrow ☺️

We'd love to know more about the people who regularly engage with us and what forms these engagements take.

If you'd like to help us produce even better content, events, and experiences, then please provide us with your feedback.

http://orlo.uk/pJlry

Have you completed our audience survey? Don't worry, you've time to submit your response to us as our our survey closes tomorrow ☺️

We'd love to know more about the people who regularly engage with us and what forms these engagements take.

If you'd like to help us produce even better content, events, and experiences, then please provide us with your feedback.

http://orlo.uk/pJlry

We’re really excited to welcome our readers back today, as we open our doors to the public for the first time in 2021 ☺️...
27/04/2021

We’re really excited to welcome our readers back today, as we open our doors to the public for the first time in 2021 ☺️

If you'd like to book a visit to Kew and consult our records for your research, our booking system is live and we currently have availability: http://orlo.uk/Hh3Pc

We’re really excited to welcome our readers back today, as we open our doors to the public for the first time in 2021 ☺️

If you'd like to book a visit to Kew and consult our records for your research, our booking system is live and we currently have availability: http://orlo.uk/Hh3Pc

If the latest episode of our #Trials #Podcast has inspired you to uncover your own case from our collection, then take a...
25/04/2021

If the latest episode of our #Trials #Podcast has inspired you to uncover your own case from our collection, then take a look at our Criminals and Convicts research guide to help: http://orlo.uk/3eWso
Or listen to our latest podcast series now: http://orlo.uk/rmn0e 🎙️

If the latest episode of our #Trials #Podcast has inspired you to uncover your own case from our collection, then take a look at our Criminals and Convicts research guide to help: http://orlo.uk/3eWso
Or listen to our latest podcast series now: http://orlo.uk/rmn0e 🎙️

Grab a bargain this Spring!We've huge savings available on a selection of books and gifts in our Spring sale, so head on...
25/04/2021

Grab a bargain this Spring!

We've huge savings available on a selection of books and gifts in our Spring sale, so head on over to our shop and treat yourself this Sunday ☺️

http://orlo.uk/Rsgt7

Grab a bargain this Spring!

We've huge savings available on a selection of books and gifts in our Spring sale, so head on over to our shop and treat yourself this Sunday ☺️

http://orlo.uk/Rsgt7

Happy St George's Day! Why not spend the day celebrating by giving our #archivejigsaw of this drawing of St George slayi...
23/04/2021

Happy St George's Day!

Why not spend the day celebrating by giving our #archivejigsaw of this drawing of St George slaying the dragon from 1536 a go? http://orlo.uk/dzpBK

Happy St George's Day!

Why not spend the day celebrating by giving our #archivejigsaw of this drawing of St George slaying the dragon from 1536 a go? http://orlo.uk/dzpBK

22/04/2021
Trials Podcast | Episode two

#Trials #Podcast | Ep.2 out now

Explore the long and colourful history of trial by jury, as you uncover the sensational Victorian case of two sailors who resorted to cannibalism, before hearing from a barrister and historian how trial by jury has evolved over 600 years.

Listen now: https://pod.link/1460242815

We commonly think of witches being tried by ordeal but in fact this wasn’t the case. Find out more in our podcast about ...
21/04/2021

We commonly think of witches being tried by ordeal but in fact this wasn’t the case. Find out more in our podcast about trials by ordeal and combat whilst you play today’s #archivejigsaw of a stereotypical witch: http://orlo.uk/wUNVK
#Podcast: http://orlo.uk/Pz8Jh

We commonly think of witches being tried by ordeal but in fact this wasn’t the case. Find out more in our podcast about trials by ordeal and combat whilst you play today’s #archivejigsaw of a stereotypical witch: http://orlo.uk/wUNVK
#Podcast: http://orlo.uk/Pz8Jh

We're delighted to welcome Lemn Sissay this week to #WhatsOn. In this #free talk, Lemn will give a reading from his Sund...
20/04/2021

We're delighted to welcome Lemn Sissay this week to #WhatsOn. In this #free talk, Lemn will give a reading from his Sunday Times Bestseller, My Name is Why, and reflects on his childhood in care, self-expression and Britishness.

Grab one of the few remaining tickets now: http://orlo.uk/GtjGl

We're delighted to welcome Lemn Sissay this week to #WhatsOn. In this #free talk, Lemn will give a reading from his Sunday Times Bestseller, My Name is Why, and reflects on his childhood in care, self-expression and Britishness.

Grab one of the few remaining tickets now: http://orlo.uk/GtjGl

Our website and book a visit service are operational and we are pleased to see that visitors are now booking seats. We c...
20/04/2021

Our website and book a visit service are operational and we are pleased to see that visitors are now booking seats. We currently have availability across most dates over the next few weeks.

We know that some of our other online services have also been intermittent, and we apologise for the inconvenience that this has caused. These areas of the website are now working.

We are still working to fix the issues and will continue to monitor the website closely throughout the coming days, and we will keep you up to date. We know that this has been frustrating, thank you for bearing with us.

Our website and book a visit service are operational and we are pleased to see that visitors are now booking seats. We currently have availability across most dates over the next few weeks.

We know that some of our other online services have also been intermittent, and we apologise for the inconvenience that this has caused. These areas of the website are now working.

We are still working to fix the issues and will continue to monitor the website closely throughout the coming days, and we will keep you up to date. We know that this has been frustrating, thank you for bearing with us.

Unfortunately we have been unable to fully fix today's web service issues. We regret there has been only a very limited,...
19/04/2021

Unfortunately we have been unable to fully fix today's web service issues. We regret there has been only a very limited, intermittent service and only a minority of users have been able to book a visit. If you have been unable to access the website today we apologise for any inconvenience and we thank you for bearing with us. We are still working hard to resolve the situation.

Unfortunately we have been unable to fully fix today's web service issues. We regret there has been only a very limited, intermittent service and only a minority of users have been able to book a visit. If you have been unable to access the website today we apologise for any inconvenience and we thank you for bearing with us. We are still working hard to resolve the situation.

Our web service, which went down earlier, continues to be intermittent. We’re really sorry for the inconvenience this is...
19/04/2021

Our web service, which went down earlier, continues to be intermittent. We’re really sorry for the inconvenience this is causing - our teams are working hard to restore the site fully. We know that many are waiting to book reading room seats so we will give an update at 17.00.

Our web service, which went down earlier, continues to be intermittent. We’re really sorry for the inconvenience this is causing - our teams are working hard to restore the site fully. We know that many are waiting to book reading room seats so we will give an update at 17.00.

Our website is down and we are working urgently to restore it. We're aware people are keen to access the booking service...
19/04/2021

Our website is down and we are working urgently to restore it. We're aware people are keen to access the booking service we will give an update at 17.00 today.

Our website is down and we are working urgently to restore it. We're aware people are keen to access the booking service we will give an update at 17.00 today.

Our website remains down. We apologise for any inconvenience caused. We will release a further update at 2pm (BST) with ...
19/04/2021

Our website remains down. We apologise for any inconvenience caused. We will release a further update at 2pm (BST) with more information.

Our website remains down. We apologise for any inconvenience caused. We will release a further update at 2pm (BST) with more information.

Today’s #archivejigsaw is ‘The Trial’ by John Tenniel depicting the Knave of Hearts’ trial for stealing tarts in Alice’s...
19/04/2021

Today’s #archivejigsaw is ‘The Trial’ by John Tenniel depicting the Knave of Hearts’ trial for stealing tarts in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Play the jigsaw while listening to the final episode in our #Trials #Podcast: http://orlo.uk/BRXqS
Listen: http://orlo.uk/F2Zud

Today’s #archivejigsaw is ‘The Trial’ by John Tenniel depicting the Knave of Hearts’ trial for stealing tarts in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Play the jigsaw while listening to the final episode in our #Trials #Podcast: http://orlo.uk/BRXqS
Listen: http://orlo.uk/F2Zud

In advance of our reading rooms re-opening on Tuesday 27 April, we will open bookings from noon (BST) on Monday 19 April...
15/04/2021
Reading room bookings live from Monday 19 April - The National Archives

In advance of our reading rooms re-opening on Tuesday 27 April, we will open bookings from noon (BST) on Monday 19 April. The new service will offer four weeks’ availability on a rolling basis, with new dates added daily.

Bookings will be available on our website from Monday and have been developed in response to visitor feedback.

Our reading room booking service will be live from Monday 19 April, in advance of our reading rooms re-opening on Tuesday 27 April.

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Tube The nearest Tube station is Kew Gardens (zone 3) on the District Line, Richmond branch. The journey from central London takes around 40 minutes. The National Archives is 600 metres (a 10-minute walk) from Kew Gardens station. Bus The R68 bus route (from Hampton Court via Richmond) terminates by the entrance to The National Archives. Other routes stopping nearby include: 65 (Ealing to Kingston via Richmond), alight on Kew Road near Victoria Gate (15-minute walk) 237 (Shepherd's Bush to Hounslow Heath via Chiswick), alight at Kew Bridge (20-minute walk) 267 (Hammersmith to Fulwell via Brentford), alight at Kew Bridge (20-minute walk) 391 (Fulham to Richmond via Hammersmith), alight at Sandycombe Road near Kew Gardens station (10-minute walk) Train The nearest overground train station is Kew Gardens. It is served by the London Overground from Stratford in east London, passing through Highbury and Islington, Gospel Oak, West Hampstead and Willesden Junction. Other convenient railway stations are Richmond and Kew Bridge, both on the mainline into London Waterloo via Clapham Junction. Kew Bridge station is approximately a 20-minute walk from The National Archives, while Richmond station is one Tube stop away (or a 10-minute bus ride on bus R68).

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