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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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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Conan Doyle And First World War Armour

Best known as the mastermind behind Sherlock Holmes, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was also a prominent campaigner during the First World War. After witnessing first hand the devastation of bullets and shrapnel when his son was seriously wounded in battle, Conan Doyle became a committed advocate of better armour for soldiers.

Thu 7 Sep

Free / 020 8876 3444

  • 14:00 – 15:00

Faces From The Front

21 million soldiers were wounded during the First World War, and the nature of trench warfare meant that an unprecedented number suffered disfiguring facial injuries. Casualties were evacuated back to England, where the sheer volume of patients enabled medics to develop new treatments very quickly. The advances made by a…

Wed 27 Sep

Free / 020 8876 3444

  • 14:00 – 15:00

Family Event - Treasure boxes

Unlock secrets from the past with an interactive session looking at historical archive chests from The National Archives. Led by freelance preschool specialist Lizzie Kendall, visitors will have the opportunity to decorate their very own treasure chest and create a personal document to store inside it. This session is…

Tue 29 Aug

Free / 020 8876 3444

  • 10:30 – 12:00

Heard, Ignored And Misrepresented: The Victorian Pauper 'In Their Own Write'

Dr Paul Carter will look at welfare in the Victorian period. Most accounts from the time were written from the standpoint of the legislators. Yet thousands of pauper letters survive in "the poor law archive" and many of these dispute official accounts of how the poor were treated at a local level. This lecture will seek…

Wed 23 Aug

Free / 020 8876 3444

  • 16:45 – 18:30

Hitler Lives!: 'Alternative Facts' And Conspiracy Theories

This lecture, by Professor Sir Richard Evans, will explore the rumours of Hitler's survival that have persisted since his suicide in the Berlin bunker on 30 April 1945. This talk will look at these claims and discuss why and where they originated and what evidence has been advanced to support them.

Wed 30 Aug

Free / 020 8876 3444

  • 16:45 – 18:30

Performing Suffrage: Theatre, Actresses And Activism

The Actresses' Franchise League was formed in 1908 by a group of theatre professionals keen to support Votes for Women. The league produced a huge variety of entertainments, contributing to the performative propaganda of the suffrage movement and embracing new forms, new spaces, new ideas, and new audiences. In this talk…

Tue 5 Sep

Free / 020 8876 3444

  • 14:00 – 15:30

Richmond Park's South African Military Hospital

After the South African army suffered devastating losses during the First World War, a dedicated military hospital was established in London to treat the wounded. Conceived at the outbreak of war by a committee of prominent South Africans living in London, the hospital was finally built in 1916 on a 12-acre site in…

Wed 13 Sep

Free / 020 8876 3444

  • 13:30 – 15:30

Time Travel Club Day

We are launching our new-look family programme with a taster day of activities for all the family! Join us and travel back through 1,000 years, exploring different periods in history and learning about real stories from the past. Take part in our interactive performances with clowns Shake and Speare to discover the life…

Sat 30 Sep

Free-£8 / 020 8876 3444

  • 10:00 – 16:00

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