The National Archives

The National Archives
Ruskin Avenue, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 4DU
  • Telephone 020 8876 3444
  • Opening times Tue & Thu 9am–7pm; Wed, Fri & Sat 9am–5pm; closed Mon & Sun.
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  • Website www.nationalarchives.gov.uk
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The National Archives

The National Archives is the UK government's official archive, guaranteeing public access to over 1000 years of history with records ranging from parchment and paper scrolls through to digital files and archived websites. We are also at the heart of government information policy, to ensure the survival of today´s information for the future.

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100 Years Of Women In The Naval Services

November 1917 saw the formation of the Women's Royal Naval Service. This unique event will bring together women who have served or are currently serving in the naval services, to discuss their experiences, what has changed, and what has stayed the same, since the First World War. There will be an accompanying display of…

Tue 14 Nov

£7.20–£9 / 020 8876 3444

  • 14:00 – 15:30

Behind The Scenes Tour

We are opening the doors of The National Archives' repositories to offer you the chance to go behind the scenes. Discover how we keep and maintain the record for future generations and explore some of the hidden gems in our collections.

Fri 24 Nov

£10 / 020 8876 3444

  • 11:00 – 12:30

Behind The Scenes Tour

We are opening the doors of The National Archives' repositories to offer you the chance to go behind the scenes. Discover how we keep and maintain the record for future generations and explore some of the hidden gems in our collections.

Fri 15 Dec

£10 / 020 8876 3444

  • 11:00 – 12:30

Behind The Scenes Tour

We are opening the doors of The National Archives' repositories to offer you the chance to go behind the scenes. Discover how we keep and maintain the record for future generations and explore some of the hidden gems in our collections.

Fri 27 Oct

£10 / 020 8876 3444

  • 11:00 – 12:30

Black Power And The State

The late 60s and early 70s witnessed the flourishing of Black Power, a movement of major global impact. In Britain, black radical campaigns were monitored by Special Branch, MI5, the Joint Intelligence Committee and the Home Office, in an attempt to frustrate and ultimately demobilise the movement. In this talk, Robin…

Wed 25 Oct

Free / 020 8876 3444

  • 14:00 – 15:00

Cromwell And Communications

The legacy of the Reformation was not simply a transformation of the religious landscape of England, it also presented the opportunity for change and progression in other areas, such as government and the development of the printing industry. Join Nick Barratt, an expert in the era from the University of London, and…

Wed 22 Nov

Free / 020 8876 3444

  • 14:00 – 16:00

The Fall Of Jerusalem

The fall of Jerusalem on 9 December 1917 brought centuries of Ottoman rule to an end. It was undoubtedly a military success but also a formidable propaganda and political tool. On 11 December, General Allenby entered the Holy City on foot, well ahead of the rest of the procession, and presented himself as a liberator…

Tue 5 Dec

£4–£5 / 020 8876 3444

  • 14:00 – 15:00

Fighting Proud

Stephen Bourne will present an illustrated talk about some of the gay men who feature in his latest book, Fighting Proud - The Untold Story of the Gay Men Who Served in Two World Wars. Fighting Proud includes the stories of many servicemen, such as Battle of Britain hero Ian Gleed, as well as the wartime home front…

Tue 28 Nov

£4–£5 / 020 8876 3444

  • 14:00 – 15:00

Flesh And Blood: An Evening With Stephen McGann

Flesh and Blood is the story of McGann's family as told through seven maladies - diseases, wounds or ailments that have afflicted Stephen McGann's relatives over the last 150 years, which have helped mould him into what he now perceives himself to be. This event is an opportunity to hear Stephen talk about his latest…

Fri 24 Nov

£7.20–£9 / 020 8876 3444

  • 18:00 – 20:00

Henry VIII And The Break With Rome

Come and enjoy an evening with historian, broadcaster and award-winning academic Dr Suzannah Lipscomb, as she explores one of the fundamental turning points of the 16th century Reformation: Henry VIII's separation from the Roman Catholic Church. This special lecture will be accompanied by Tudor music and refreshments.

Fri 3 Nov

£8–£15 / 020 8876 3444

  • 18:00 – 20:00

On The Trail Of John Cabot: A Modern Detective Story

The history of John Cabot and his voyages of 1497 and 1498 can be traced through documents at The National Archives with fascinating results. Join one of the leading scholars in the field as she tells the amazing detective stories behind recent advances in Cabot studies, which include designer shoes, an obsolete computer…

Thu 23 Nov

Free / 020 8876 3444

  • 14:00 – 15:00

The Plan To Partition

In June 1947 it was announced that British India would partition into two new nation states - India and Pakistan. Yet when the expected date of British withdrawal from India was brought forward a year, communications broke down and the violence that ensued proved catastrophic. Iqbal Husain (The National Archives), Mandeep…

Thu 16 Nov

Free / 020 8876 3444

  • 18:30 – 20:00

Prime Ministers And Spies: From Asquith To Thatcher

At the start of the 20th century, Prime Ministers and espionage had few ties. As the decades went by, their relationships developed; from Asquith's Secret Service Bureau, through Churchill's innovative wartime regime, to the role of intelligence in Cold War decision-making. Speakers Richard Aldrich, Professor of…

Wed 8 Nov

£8.80–£11 / 020 8876 3444

  • 18:30 – 20:00

Sylvia Pankhurst: Suffragette, Socialist And Scourge Of The Empire

From militant suffragette at the beginning of the 20th century to campaigner against colonialism in Africa after the Second World War, Sylvia Pankhurst dedicated her life to fighting oppression and injustice. Katherine Connelly will examine Pankhurst's role at the forefront of significant developments in the history of…

Tue 7 Nov

£4–£5 / 020 8876 3444

  • 14:00 – 15:00

The Time Travel Club - Back In Time For Christmas

Come with us on a festive journey to explore Christmas past. Discover beautiful designs for greetings cards and adverts for tempting treats in our collection. Find out about festive Tudor feasts, Victorian Christmas in the workhouse and Christmas experiences during the Second World War. Then create your own Christmas…

Sat 2 Dec

£7.50 / 020 8876 3444

  • 10:30 – 12:00

The Time Travel Club - Significant People Through Time

Travel with us to discover significant people from the past. From Tudor monarchs and Guy Fawkes, to the fight for suffrage and the role of spies during the Second World War, fascinating stories about the lives of people who helped to shape history can be found in our files. Discover these stories, and then decorate your…

Tue 24 Oct

£7.50 / 020 8876 3444

  • 10:30 – 12:00

The Time Travel Club - Time Travellers Ahoy!

Set sail on a voyage following the journeys taken by ships in the 18th century and beyond. Drawing on an exciting collection of captured letters, we will use storytelling and creative activities to explore journeys, the variety of cargoes carried, and documents found on board ships. Adults do not need to book for…

Sat 18 Nov

£7.50 / 020 8876 3444

  • 10:30 – 12:00

The Time Travel Club - When Tommy Came Home

Nearly 41,000 men returned home from the battlefields of the First World War with missing limbs. But what was done to help these men? Time Travellers will uncover some of the answers to this question, with a chance to look at some fascinating documents from the period. This session will include a printing activity, led by…

Sat 4 Nov

£7.50 / 020 8876 3444

  • 10:30 – 12:00

The Wolfenden Report: Permissiveness Or Punishment?

The Wolfenden Report is famous for its recommendation to partially decriminalize homosexual acts, but in fact, the Wolfenden Committee was initially called to address matters related to prostitution. Unlike their recommendations on homosexuality, Wolfenden's recommendations on prostitution passed immediately into law; in…

Tue 17 Oct

£4–£5 / 020 8876 3444

  • 17:00 – 18:00

Zeppelin! The 'Silent Raid' Of October 1917

In 1917, Germany developed a new class of Zeppelin capable of flying at 20,000 feet - beyond the range of Britain's defence systems. Although free from attack, the Zeppelin crews had new battles to fight - altitude sickness, sub-zero temperatures, and unpredictable weather. In the 11-Zeppelin raid in October 1917, the…

Thu 19 Oct

£4–£5 / 020 8876 3444

  • 14:00 – 15:00

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