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Listen to talks, lectures and other events presented by The National Archives of the United Kingdom.

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'A Bit of a Scratch', a radio drama about the battle against Venereal Disease during the First World War


Published: Fri, 16 Jun 2017 09:00:00 GMT
Summary: 'A Bit of a Scratch' explores the first recorded prosecution under the Venereal Diseases Act 1917. The legislation was introduced due to the large numbers, roughly 5%, of UK troops returning from the First World War with venereal diseases and to ensure th..


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Medieval treason and magic


Published: Thu, 15 Jun 2017 09:00:00 GMT
Summary: In this podcast, two of our records specialists tell us about treason and necromancy in The National Archives' medieval records.The first part, narrated by Paul Dryburgh, tells the story of a band of men from Coventry who planned to kill King Edward II an..


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'Dadland': the father who was also an undercover guerrilla agent


Published: Thu, 18 May 2017 09:00:00 GMT
Summary: Keggie Carew discusses her book 'Dadland', a story about a madcap English childhood, the poignant breakdown of a family, and dementia. The novel centres upon her father Tom Carew, an enigmatic, unorthodox character, who was an undercover guerrilla agent d..


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Black British politics and the anti-apartheid struggle


Published: Tue, 25 Apr 2017 09:00:00 GMT
Summary: In 1948, from the introduction of apartheid in South Africa, racial discrimination galvanized the international community into protest. British people and black communities in particular attempted to lead the global opposition against apartheid.Historian ..


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From the Somme to Arras


Published: Tue, 18 Apr 2017 09:00:00 GMT
Summary: Andrew Lock discusses the progress made by the British Expeditionary Forces between the battles of the Somme (1916) and Arras (1917). Although lessons were learned during the Somme campaign, Arras clearly exposed command and preparation deficiencies, lead..


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Bureau-cats: A short history of Whitehall's official felines


Published: Wed, 29 Mar 2017 09:00:00 GMT
Summary: Public interest in the cats of Whitehall began long before Larry, Palmerston and Gladstone graced our front pages and Twitter feeds.In this podcast, records specialist Christopher Day reveals his favourite anecdotes from the 'Home Office Cat' files, inclu..


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Tracy Borman on 'The Private Lives of the Tudors'


Published: Mon, 06 Mar 2017 09:00:00 GMT
Summary: Tracy Borman reveals how the Tudor monarchs were constantly surrounded by an army of attendants, courtiers and ministers, even in their most private moments. A groom of the stool would stand patiently by as Henry VIII performed his daily purges, and when ..


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Talks from the National LGBT History Festival: E-J Scott on collecting for the Museum of Transology


Published: Mon, 20 Feb 2017 15:00:00 GMT
Summary: On the 11 February 2017, The National Archives hosted a range of talks for 'OUTing the Past: the National LGBT History Festival' on topics including the role of lesbians in the fight for Votes for Women, the lives of trans veterans of the British Armed F..


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Talks from the National LGBT History Festival: Emma Vickers on trans veterans of the British Armed Forces


Published: Mon, 20 Feb 2017 15:00:00 GMT
Summary: On the 11 February 2017, The National Archives hosted a range of talks for 'OUTing the Past: the National LGBT History Festival' on topics including the role of lesbians in the fight for Votes for Women, the lives of trans veterans of the British Armed F..


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Talks from the National LGBT History Festival: Hilary McCollum on 'Sapphic Suffragettes'


Published: Mon, 20 Feb 2017 15:00:00 GMT
Summary: On the 11 February 2017, The National Archives hosted a range of talks for 'OUTing the Past: the National LGBT History Festival' on topics including the role of lesbians in the fight for Votes for Women, the lives of trans veterans of the British Armed F..


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Archive Notes: Prosthetics and the First World War


Published: Thu, 19 Jan 2017 15:00:00 GMT
Summary: The first episode of a Q&A series in which we talk to researchers about the records and stories they've uncovered at The National Archives.In 'Prosthetics and the First World War', our First World War diverse histories researcher Louise Bell discusses the..


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The life and death of King John


Published: Tue, 29 Nov 2016 15:00:00 GMT
Summary: King John's acts of misgovernment prompted his barons to demand reform, setting the kingdom on the road to civil war and leading to John's grant of Magna Carta. Why was he seen as such a terrible king and how did Magna Carta come about?Professor David Car..


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Defeating the Zeppelins


Published: Thu, 24 Nov 2016 15:00:00 GMT
Summary: For almost two years during the First World War, German airships roamed over the British countryside, bombing towns and villages without fear of a significant response from the aircraft assigned to defend the country. But all that changed in the late summ..


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The Battle of Agincourt


Published: Wed, 16 Nov 2016 15:00:00 GMT
Summary: In 1415, King Henry V led an army to victory on the field of Agincourt. In this talk, which commemorated the 600th anniversary of the Battle of Agincourt, Professor Anne Curry discusses the events leading up to the conquest, and the myths surrounding it t..


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Jonathan Dimbleby on 'The Battle of the Atlantic: How the Allies Won the War'


Published: Wed, 19 Oct 2016 15:00:00 GMT
Summary: In this talk, broadcaster and acclaimed author Jonathan Dimbleby shows how Britain’s success in the Battle of the Atlantic led to the allied victory in 1945. Through extraordinary personal diaries and letters written by both sailors and politicians, he ..


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Traces through Time: a new tool for finding linked records across our collections


Published: Tue, 11 Oct 2016 15:00:00 GMT
Summary: This talk introduces 'Traces through Time', a project by The National Archives which combines historical data sets and the latest technology to help researchers find linked records across our collections. Starting with service records from the First World..


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Never Forget: The Holocaust and Nazi Persecution


Published: Fri, 07 Oct 2016 15:00:00 GMT
Summary: In this talk – held as part of Holocaust Memorial Day - record specialists Ela Kaczmarska and Lauren Willmott shed light on the atrocities committed during this dark period of history and the millions of victims who were persecuted by the Nazis' fascist..


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Security Service file release September 2016


Published: Wed, 28 Sep 2016 15:00:00 GMT
Summary: Professor Christopher Andrew, formerly official historian of MI5 and author of 'The Defence of the Realm: The Authorized History of MI5', introduces key files from the release of Security Service files to The National Archives in September 2016...


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Blindness in Victorian Britain


Published: Wed, 21 Sep 2016 15:00:00 GMT
Summary: This talk traces how blind and visually-impaired people in the Victorian era became increasingly vocal in seeking control and ownership over the social and political issues that directly affected them, and introduces some of the era’s most prominent and..


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A tourist's guide to Shakespeare's London


Published: Tue, 13 Sep 2016 15:00:00 GMT
Summary: Discover what it was like to wander the streets of Shakespeare's London. Though large portions of the city from Shakespeare's time have since been destroyed by fire, war and developers, a surprising number of buildings and places still survive.Author Davi..


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Magna Carta: Law, Liberty and Legacy


Published: Tue, 06 Sep 2016 15:00:00 GMT
Summary: In this podcast, Julian Harrison discusses Magna Carta's fascinating history and legacy, focusing on some of the key loans made by The National Archives to the British Library's 'Magna Carta' exhibition in 2015.Julian Harrison is a curator of Pre-1600 His..


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Prisoners of war in the Far East


Published: Wed, 31 Aug 2016 15:00:00 GMT
Summary: Prisoners of war in the Far East experienced some of the most horrifying and traumatic conditions of the Second World War. But what of the experiences of family members and loved ones left at home during this time?In this podcast, writer Hilary Custance G..


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England's Immigrants between 1330 and 1550


Published: Tue, 23 Aug 2016 15:00:00 GMT
Summary: This talk explores a new research database which provides an insight into immigration in England in the late medieval period. The database holds around 65,000 names of immigrants who were living in England between 1330 and 1550.Dr Jonathan Mackman and Dr ..


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Simply a Jacobite woman? The life experience of Lady Nairne


Published: Wed, 17 Aug 2016 15:00:00 GMT
Summary: Lady Nairne was a noted Jacobite who played an important part in rousing support for the risings of both 1715 and 1745. This talk draws upon letters and papers to examine the experiences of Lady Nairne and other Jacobite women during and after the risings..


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Worn out by war: Disabled soldiers and their pensions


Published: Wed, 10 Aug 2016 15:00:00 GMT
Summary: How can military records help us to reconstruct and understand the lives of disabled people and their families in the 18th and 19th centuries? This talk will explore how the pension records of the Royal Hospital of Chelsea (home of the famous Chelsea Pens..


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First Lady: The Life and Wars of Clementine Churchill


Published: Wed, 03 Aug 2016 15:00:00 GMT
Summary: Sonia Purnell presents the inspiring but often ignored story of one of the most important women in modern history – the original 'First Lady'. Discover the fascinating story of her influence on Britain's wartime leader, through the Churchills' 'wilderne..


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Writer of the month: Mike Pitts on 'Digging for Richard III: How Archaeology Found the King'


Published: Wed, 27 Jul 2016 15:00:00 GMT
Summary: To accompany the publication of his book 'Digging for Richard III: How Archaeology Found the King', Mike Pitts discusses the achievements, disputes and controversies surrounding the discovery of Richard III's skeleton.Mike Pitts is an archaeologist and aw..


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Big Data and the gendering of Parliamentary language


Published: Fri, 22 Jul 2016 15:00:00 GMT
Summary: Luke Blaxill discusses the ways in which Big Data techniques can introduce quantification into long-standing historical debates. His example is the case of female MPs in the House of Commons. How is the language they use different to that of male MPs and ..


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England '66: The best of times?


Published: Wed, 13 Jul 2016 15:00:00 GMT
Summary: It was a year when England won the World Cup and led the world in all aspects of popular culture, including pop music, fashion, and film. But it was also a time of sterling crises, wage and price freezes, and industrial strife. Contemporary specialist Mar..


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100 years of the WI: The acceptable face of feminism


Published: Thu, 07 Jul 2016 15:00:00 GMT
Summary: Professor Maggie Andrews discusses some of the key campaigns and concerns of the Women's Institute, from its origins in the First World War to the 1950s when, with half a million members, it was firmly established as the largest women's organisation in Br..


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Writer of the Month: Richard Barnett on Crucial Interventions


Published: Thu, 30 Jun 2016 15:00:00 GMT
Summary: In this talk medical historian Richard Barnett explores surgery during the 19th century, from the application of antisepsis to experiments with hypnosis. What happened in the early operations that used anaesthesia, and why were patients initially reluctan..


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Amiable Warriors: A History of the Campaign for Homosexual Equality


Published: Tue, 14 Jun 2016 15:00:00 GMT
Summary: The Campaign for Homosexual Equality (CHE) is the oldest surviving LGBT organisation in the UK. With more than 150 local branches and over 6,000 members, it has grown from a small regional committee lobbying for law reform with local MPs, into Britain's l..


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Big Ideas: The Future of the Past


Published: Wed, 08 Jun 2016 16:00:00 GMT
Summary: This presentation discusses the role that the material and intellectual heritage of a community can play in shaping and reshaping its identity, along a historical continuum. With a brief history of the Ismaili Muslims in focus, the presentation highlights..


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Stalin's Englishman: The Lives of Guy Burgess


Published: Thu, 02 Jun 2016 16:00:00 GMT
Summary: Guy Burgess was a brilliant young Englishman who rose through the ranks of MI5 and MI6 during the Cold War. But as a member of 'The Cambridge Spies', he betrayed his country by regularly passing on highly sensitive secret documents to his Soviet handlers...


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Scandals in the family


Published: Mon, 9 Dec 2013 09:00:00 GMT
Summary: This talk explores the deeds and misdeeds of one family, using documents in The National Archives and elsewhere. The tale involves deception, divorce, and the deliberate destruction of official records. Although the main narrative concerns one man, Captai..


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The strange journey of Edward Swarthye, an African in Elizabethan England: from the Spanish Caribbean to rural Gloucestershire


Published: Fri, 07 Dec 2012 09:00:00 GMT
Summary: The strange journey of Edward Swarthye, an African in Elizabethan England: from the Spanish Caribbean to rural Gloucestershire..


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Morbidity and mortality on convict voyages to 19th century Australia


Published: Fri, 30 Nov 2012 09:00:00 GMT
Summary: Exploring the impact of trans-oceanic forced removal on the health and well being of migrants...


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Shell-Shocked Britain: Understanding the lasting trauma of the First World War


Published: Wed, 25 May 2016 16:00:00 GMT
Summary: Millions of soldiers were scarred by their experiences in the First World War trenches, but how new was what we now know as 'shell shock'? What treatments were on offer? And what happened after the men came home?Writer and researcher Suzie Grogan reveals ..


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Heidi Thomas: Researching Call the Midwife


Published: Wed, 18 May 2016 16:00:00 GMT
Summary: Screenwriter Heidi Thomas shares the process of transforming Jennifer Worth's memoirs into the BBC period drama 'Call the Midwife', a TV series about midwives working in the East End of London in the late 1950s..


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Materiality matters: new approaches to medieval wax seal studies


Published: Mon, 07 Mar 2016 16:00:00 GMT
Summary: Wax seals have been widely studied in terms of how they look, what they depict and what they might mean. But their physical characteristics and their importance as a method of communication are still not fully understood.Our 'Wax Seals in Context' project..


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Magna Carta – what's so 'great' about the charter?


Published: Wed, 30 Dec 2015 09:00:00 GMT
Summary: We apologise for the variable sound quality of this podcast.This year is the 800th anniversary of the granting of Magna Carta – King John’s Great Charter. This charter guaranteed a number of vital rights and privileges and is still seen as being the f..


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Using the 1939 Register: Recording the UK population before the war


Published: Tue, 22 Dec 2015 09:00:00 GMT
Summary: The preparations had been made well in advance. Now Britain was at war, and as the uniformed army prepared to face the enemy, a civilian army was mobilised at home. National Registration Officers, registrars, and 65,000 enumerators set about the huge task..


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For king and another country: Indian soldiers on the Western Front


Published: Tue, 15 Dec 2015 09:00:00 GMT
Summary: Over a million Indian soldiers fought in the First World War, many travelling from remote villages in India to the muddy trenches of France and Flanders.In her book For King and Another Country, writer and journalist, Shrabani Basu, delves into archives i..


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Writer of the month: A history of war in 100 battles


Published: Tue, 8 Dec 2015 09:00:00 GMT
Summary: 'Battle is not a game to plug into a computer but a piece of living history: messy, bloody and real.'Richard Overy, Professor of History at the University of Exeter, Fellow of the British Academy and Member of the European Academy for Science and Arts, wi..


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Big Ideas: Freedom of Memory: A new human right?


Published: Fri, 30 Oct 2015 09:00:00 GMT
Summary: This presentation introduces the concept of Freedom of Memory, which Elizabeth is currently developing. The talk proposes a possible definition for this potential new human right and explain why such a Freedom is necessary at this point in time. The pre..


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Security Service file release October 2015: Discussion


Published: Fri, 23 Oct 2015 09:00:00 GMT
Summary: Stephen Twigge head of modern collections at The National Archives in conversation with Professor Christoper Andrew former official historian of MI5 and author of 'The Defence of the Realm: The Authorized History of MI5', and Gill Bennett former chief his..


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Security Service file release October 2015: Introduction


Published: Fri, 23 Oct 2015 09:00:00 GMT
Summary: Professor Christopher Andrew, formerly official historian of MI5 and author of 'The Defence of the Realm: The Authorized History of MI5', introduces key files from the release of Security Service files to The National Archives in October 2015...


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Barbara Hepworth, her life and work


Published: Thu, 22 Oct 2015 13:00:00 GMT
Summary: Barbara Hepworth’s life and work examined through records held by selected archives, including The National Archives and the Tate archives, marking the 40th anniversary of her deathInga Fraser is Assistant Curator of Modern British Art 1890-1945 at Tate..


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First World War rugby and the first World Cup


Published: Fri, 16 Oct 2015 09:00:00 GMT
Summary: When Britain's Empire went to war in August 1914, rugby players were among the first men to volunteer. Leading from the front, they paid a high price. After four long years, Armistice came and it was time to play rugby again. In 1919, Twickenham saw the c..


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'Over the top: a foul a blurry foul' – the first football charge of the First World War


Published: Fri, 2 Oct 2015 09:00:00 GMT
Summary: Our collection of First World War records is one of the largest in the world. It includes, among many other documents, service records, letters, diaries, maps and photographs. Part of Britain's folk memory of the First World War is of long lines of Tommi..


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