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This month for #WhatsOnline Guy Grannum gives an introduction to the history and primary sources for researching Caribbe...
06/06/2020

This month for #WhatsOnline Guy Grannum gives an introduction to the history and primary sources for researching Caribbean migration and migrants to the UK.

Join Guy on 19 June, 14:00 for his illustrative talk and live Q&A.

Read, Register, Share: http://orlo.uk/dDvWV

Were the French abandoned at Dunkirk? By far the most destructive of all the myths to emerge from the story of the Dunki...
06/06/2020

Were the French abandoned at Dunkirk? By far the most destructive of all the myths to emerge from the story of the Dunkirk evacuation is that the British abandoned their French allies at Dunkirk, both literally and metaphorically. Read the blog: http://orlo.uk/ZkNDj #Dunkirk80

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05/06/2020

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For Pride Month we have chosen to incorporate the Progress Pride flag, designed by Daniel Quasar in 2018, into our logo....
05/06/2020

For Pride Month we have chosen to incorporate the Progress Pride flag, designed by Daniel Quasar in 2018, into our logo.

This flag adds black and brown stripes to represent People of Colour, as well as the white, light blue and pink of the Transgender flag (designed by Monica Helms in 1991) to the more familiar rainbow flag (designed by Gilbert Baker in 1978) used to signify LGBTQ Pride.

We understand that representation matters, and so we chose this flag as we wanted to acknowledge the different struggles that the Queer People of Colour and Trans communities face. We believe it’s important to keep thinking in an intersectional way about the past and the present, acknowledging how multiple identities can affect your experience of the world as a part of our renewed commitment to support the most marginalised members of our community.

Over the coming weeks we’ll be sharing stories about some of the projects that we’ve undertaken to connect LGBT+ communities with archives and our collections throughout the month, stay tuned!

What's it like to volunteer at The National Archives? Find out about the kind of work our volunteers do, the skills they...
05/06/2020

What's it like to volunteer at The National Archives? Find out about the kind of work our volunteers do, the skills they develop and the amazing stories they uncover in our records http://orlo.uk/Pp72q #VolunteersWeek #ThankYou

Rounding up National Volunteers Week, read about the work of a dedicated team to rehouse loose plastic films and negativ...
05/06/2020

Rounding up National Volunteers Week, read about the work of a dedicated team to rehouse loose plastic films and negatives from paper records at The National Archives on the #blog today: http://orlo.uk/oAhA6 #VolunteersWeek #ThankYou

On this day in 1913, Suffragette Emily Wilding Davison ducked under the railings and ran in front of the King's horse An...
04/06/2020

On this day in 1913, Suffragette Emily Wilding Davison ducked under the railings and ran in front of the King's horse Anmer. She died several days later on 8 June. Police reports we hold give alternative perspectives of her final action, including details of the suffrage flag she carried.

Want to volunteer with us?  We are running an online project to index the records of the Ecclesiastical Census of 1851 h...
04/06/2020

Want to volunteer with us? We are running an online project to index the records of the Ecclesiastical Census of 1851 held in record series HO 129. Sign up and get transcribing here: http://orlo.uk/t1NTh #VolunteersWeek

In 1517,  Henry VIII introduced 'quarantine' for the first time in England. During his reign, he set out several innovat...
03/06/2020

In 1517, Henry VIII introduced 'quarantine' for the first time in England. During his reign, he set out several innovative measures to control epidemics, including 4 foot rods to enforce social distancing.

Read the full story in today's #blog: http://orlo.uk/ubcZn

Want to volunteer with us?  We are currently running remote volunteering projects, including the indexing of returns of ...
02/06/2020

Want to volunteer with us? We are currently running remote volunteering projects, including the indexing of returns of Officers’ service records (1790s-1830s) held in the series WO 25/780-806. Sign in and start transcribing online here: http://orlo.uk/qmbBF #VolunteersWeek

Continuing our celebration of Volunteers Week, explore the work of a team of 12 volunteers, that has allowed us to recen...
02/06/2020

Continuing our celebration of Volunteers Week, explore the work of a team of 12 volunteers, that has allowed us to recently add catalogue descriptions for the series BT 390 – records of merchant seamen’s service on Royal Navy ships in the Second World War http://orlo.uk/mq3uL

It's Archives Ahoy in our the next episode of Time Travel TV!We'll be investigating one of the most notorious characters...
01/06/2020

It's Archives Ahoy in our the next episode of Time Travel TV!

We'll be investigating one of the most notorious characters who sailed the seas, and is often portrayed in books and films. Can you guess who it is? ⛵ 🌊

Available from 10am, 2 June: http://orlo.uk/38LiG

Read about the work being done by a team of five volunteers to catalogue engineer and railway enthusiast W.E. Hayward's ...
01/06/2020

Read about the work being done by a team of five volunteers to catalogue engineer and railway enthusiast W.E. Hayward's collection of 423 binders full of railway ephemera donated in 1955 to the British Transport Historical Record Office: http://orlo.uk/7E08u #VolunteerWeek

Today’s #archivejigsaw is one of several heraldic banners from the Great Cowcher book (c.1402) of the Duchy of Lancaster...
31/05/2020

Today’s #archivejigsaw is one of several heraldic banners from the Great Cowcher book (c.1402) of the Duchy of Lancaster, the register that recorded the deeds of Duchy possessions for future consultation and preservation in two large illuminated volumes http://orlo.uk/Qmnp1

In today’s #archivejigsaw, we have a painting by Frank Newbould, commissioned by the Empire Marketing Board. Newbould al...
30/05/2020

In today’s #archivejigsaw, we have a painting by Frank Newbould, commissioned by the Empire Marketing Board. Newbould also designed travel posters for railway and shipping companies and during the war he was an assistant to graphic designer Abram Games http://orlo.uk/aIBEM

Today marks 50 years since the 1970 Equal Pay Act received royal assent, adefining moment in the history of women’s righ...
29/05/2020

Today marks 50 years since the 1970 Equal Pay Act received royal assent, a
defining moment in the history of women’s rights in the UK.

Read more on the blog today: http://orlo.uk/G6px5

📁 : Strike of workers at Ford Motor plant, Dagenham (1968) PREM 13/2412

Today’s challenging #archivejigsaw features a medieval ‘jigsaw’ from Henry III’s reign. Feet of fines are court copies o...
28/05/2020

Today’s challenging #archivejigsaw features a medieval ‘jigsaw’ from Henry III’s reign. Feet of fines are court copies of agreements following disputes over property. In reality, the disputes were mostly fictitious and were simply a way of having the transfer of ownership of land recorded officially by the king’s court by means of a tripartite indenture.

Agreements were written out three times on a single sheet of parchment – two copies side by side and one copy across the bottom (the foot) of the sheet, separated by an indented or wavy line. The purchaser kept one copy, the seller the other and the final copy – ‘the foot of the fine’- was kept by the king’s court as a central record of the conveyance. When all three pieces were reunited only the genuine copies would fit together – much just a jigsaw: http://orlo.uk/EEpoC

#OTD in 1940 one of the most intense and significant Cabinet discussions of all time took place. By the end of the day, ...
28/05/2020

#OTD in 1940 one of the most intense and significant Cabinet discussions of all time took place. By the end of the day, Churchill had firmly closed the door on Lord Halifax’s peace mediation option and Britain was set to fight Nazi Germany to the finish: http://orlo.uk/3Ob98

Have a go at cracking some simple codes yourself using the same principles used by cryptographers at Bletchley Park in t...
27/05/2020

Have a go at cracking some simple codes yourself using the same principles used by cryptographers at Bletchley Park in the Second World War (includes downloadable worksheets): http://orlo.uk/XqmKQ #Enigma #BoredomBusters

Marking the 80th anniversary of the Dunkirk evacuation, watch out for a three-part blog series covering this critical re...
26/05/2020

Marking the 80th anniversary of the Dunkirk evacuation, watch out for a three-part blog series covering this critical rescue mission in the #SecondWorldWar. In part one, explore the myth that the RAF did nothing to save the British Expeditionary Force: http://orlo.uk/ruLC3

On this day in 1897, Dracula, a novel by Irish author Bram Stoker was first published. This image of Whitby in 1887 was ...
26/05/2020

On this day in 1897, Dracula, a novel by Irish author Bram Stoker was first published. This image of Whitby in 1887 was taken by photographer Frank Meadow Sutcliffe - the view from the Abbey is said to have inspired Bram Stoker's novel

📷: COPY 1/380/173

On Sunday 26 May 1940, a day when Britain’s prospects in the War looked perilous, the Chiefs of Staff produced a paper w...
26/05/2020

On Sunday 26 May 1940, a day when Britain’s prospects in the War looked perilous, the Chiefs of Staff produced a paper with an optimistic conclusion which brought renewed hope to Cabinet Ministers. Read more on the blog http://orlo.uk/ObDDa #OTD #SecondWorldWar

You can really sense the heat of the sun in a Cypriot camel train by Scottish-born artist Keith Henderson. The Empire Ma...
25/05/2020

You can really sense the heat of the sun in a Cypriot camel train by Scottish-born artist Keith Henderson. The Empire Marketing Board poster highlights local produce, including asbestos which was mined in Amiantos, a village in SW Cyprus http://orlo.uk/13w9J #ArchiveJigsaw

Today’s #archivejigsaw, preserved within original correspondence from Virginia in 1707, shows the Shenandoah Valley and ...
24/05/2020
A Jigsaw Explorer Jigsaw Puzzle

Today’s #archivejigsaw, preserved within original correspondence from Virginia in 1707, shows the Shenandoah Valley and Upper Potomac River, as mapped by Franz Ludwig Michel. How many of the animals depicted here can you identify? http://orlo.uk/AJVwZ

📷 : CO 5/1316 f79

This jigsaw puzzle is presented within Jigsaw Explorer's premium jigsaw puzzle web app. Anyone can use this web app to play their own photos as jigsaw puzzles, or choose from the thousands of beautiful jigsaw puzzles available at the Jigsaw Explorer website.

Today’s #archivejigsaw features a 1908 textile with a design reminiscent of a complicated board game. The warm colours a...
23/05/2020

Today’s #archivejigsaw features a 1908 textile with a design reminiscent of a complicated board game. The warm colours and patchwork effect combined with the mystical quality of some of the symbols make this really eye-catching. What would you make out of it? https://jigex.com/GsBK

Looking for calming creative activities this weekend? 🎨 For Mental Health Awareness Week have a go at colouring in image...
23/05/2020

Looking for calming creative activities this weekend? 🎨 For Mental Health Awareness Week have a go at colouring in images taken from our archives. Download them here: http://orlo.uk/MZ1Oa #MHAW20

Thank you to everyone who has signed up to our online talk on 'Quarantine and social distancing during Tudor pandemics'....
22/05/2020

Thank you to everyone who has signed up to our online talk on 'Quarantine and social distancing during Tudor pandemics'.

Due to popular demand, we're pleased to offer an additional date for anyone who missed out.

Read, register, share: http://orlo.uk/aZoWo

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Who made the greater sacrifice for love? Was it two paupers faced with the choice of the workhouse or staying together ?...
22/05/2020

Who made the greater sacrifice for love? Was it two paupers faced with the choice of the workhouse or staying together ? Or was it Edward VIII who gave up his throne to marry the woman he loved?

Explore more on the blog today: http://orlo.uk/fwIfR #OnTheRecord #WithLove

Grab the popcorn and get ready to brush up on your film and history trivia knowledge  📽️  It's time for the second insta...
22/05/2020

Grab the popcorn and get ready to brush up on your film and history trivia knowledge 📽️ It's time for the second installment of The Archivist's Guide to Film. On the blog this week, we look at the records behind the Imitation Game: http://orlo.uk/D1ZbI

Today’s archive jigsaw is the gold seal of King Francis I of France, which was attached to his confirmation of a 'Treaty...
21/05/2020

Today’s archive jigsaw is the gold seal of King Francis I of France, which was attached to his confirmation of a 'Treaty of Perpetual Peace' with Henry VIII in 1527. It wouldn’t last long, however. Henry ordered the invasion of France in 1543 http://orlo.uk/7n5gb

The seal of Francis I is a fine example of French goldsmith's work. On the front, it shows the king seated on a throne supported by lions and attended by angels. It reads 'Plurima servantur foedere, cuncta fide' (Most things are preserved by treaty; everything by trust). On the back are the arms of France, surrounded by the collar of the Order of St. Michael. It reads 'Franciscus Primus Dei Gratia Francorum Rex Christianissimus' (Francis I, by the grace of God the most Christian king of the French). Not to be out-done, Henry had his own gold seal made for the French copy of the treaty (possibly designed by Hans Holbein).

21/05/2020
On The Record: Sacrifices for love

In 1936, Edward VIII abdicated the throne to be with the woman he loved. It’s considered to be one of the greatest love stories of the 20th century. But is it really?

Featuring guest expert, historian Anne Sebba, Episode 3 of the On The Record podcast is here: http://orlo.uk/RVKIP

You can discover a lot of unusual records in our collection, like this drawing of 2 women playing football with a 🍋 In t...
20/05/2020

You can discover a lot of unusual records in our collection, like this drawing of 2 women playing football with a 🍋

In tomorrow's Time Travel 📺, we uncover mysterious and curious documents from our archive!

Available from 10:00, 21 May: http://orlo.uk/huHaH

Since the settling of the British Caribbean in the 17th century, people have returned or emigrated to Britain. Discover ...
20/05/2020

Since the settling of the British Caribbean in the 17th century, people have returned or emigrated to Britain.

Discover the history and primary sources for researching Caribbean migration in this free talk and live Q&A with Guy Grannum on 19 June, 2pm: http://orlo.uk/Wsz34

Last week we celebrated the 200th birthday of Florence Nightingale. Explore her extraordinary life and career in nursing...
20/05/2020

Last week we celebrated the 200th birthday of Florence Nightingale. Explore her extraordinary life and career in nursing through these titles recommended by our bookshop staff 📚 http://orlo.uk/q6T4G

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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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