The National Archives

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The National Archives is the official archives and publisher for the UK Government, and for England and Wales. We work to bring together and secure the future of the public record, both digital and physical, for future generations.

The National Archives is open to all, offering a range of activities and spaces to enjoy, as well as our reading rooms for research. Many of our most popular records are also available online.

Website: www.nationalarchives.gov.uk
Twitter: @UKNatArchives
Facebook: The National Archives

Venue Type:

Archive, Museum, Heritage site

Opening hours

Tuesday 09:00 - 19:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 19:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00
Saturday 09:00 - 17:00

Closed Sunday and Monday

Admission charges

Free. Some events paid for.

Getting there

10 minutes walk from Kew Gardens underground station (District line)
15 minutes walk from Kew Bridge mainline station (South West trains)
R68 bus route

Archives of the British government covering over a thousand years of world history and all seven continents from Arctic explorers and Middle Eastern embassies to papal bulls and the photographic collections of Colonial administrations.

Collection details

Weapons and War, Trade and Commerce, Social History, Photography, Maritime, Law and Order, Archives

Key artists and exhibits

  • Domesday Book
  • Magna Carta
  • Declaration of Independence
  • Valor Ecclesiasticus
  • Victorian photographs
Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Drawing of a man inspecting a small glass of wine

Bordeaux and the Brits: Online wine tasting

  • 4 August 2020 From 8pm *on now

Speaker: Pippa Hayward, Specialist Wine Advisor at The Good Wine Shop in Kew

Bordeaux lies in the old province of Aquitaine which once belonged to England. Over several centuries English merchants were crucial to Bordeaux, influencing the style of wine produced and setting up the structure of the wine trade in the city itself.

In this, our first online wine event for the National Archives, we dip into England’s historical involvement with Bordeaux and take a look at the exciting range of wines that modern Bordeaux produces.

Website

https://prod.flowapp.com/s/NwPt5ShduK?refToken=MA

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Top Level Tips: Discovering your family history

  • 11 August 2020 2-3pm

Speaker: Audrey Collins, Family History Records Specialist at The National Archives

Beginning your family history can be overwhelming but can be much simpler if you know where to start. Join our expert-led webinar that will give you all the pointers you need to get started within half an hour.

Website

https://prod.flowapp.com/s/6pZ2S5oe8T?refToken=MA

Drawing of a brewery beside a river

“You cannot put stinking fish into beer”: the controversies of brewing science around 1800

  • 14 August 2020 8-9pm

Speaker: Dr James Sumner, Senior Lecturer in the History of Technology at the University of Manchester

In 1809 a London brewery was prosecuted for the unusual offence of trying to remove cloudiness from its beer by dosing it with an extract of fish-skins. “Keep your stinking fish to yourselves,” thundered the Solicitor-General – and yet the brewers won the case. Drawing on trial records and Excise correspondence at The National Archives, this talk discusses the challenges brewers faced in promoting new innovations to an often justifiably suspicious public, and how they enlisted scientific reputations in support of their cause.

Website

https://prod.flowapp.com/s/WovSSKg7Q5?refToken=MA

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Top Level Tips: Using The National Archives' catalogue

  • 18 August 2020 2-2:30pm

Speaker: Sarah Castagnetti, Head of Visual Collections at The National Archives

Join us online to learn our top tips for using Discovery, The National Archives’ catalogue. Within half an hour you will come away with all the tools needed to make the most of the catalogue for your research, whether you are a new user or an experienced researcher.

Website

https://prod.flowapp.com/s/mV6dswQwNb?refToken=MA

Photograph of a castle in Norway

Audacious raids: Operations Grouse, Freshman, Swallow and Gunnerside

  • 4 September 2020 2-3pm

Speaker: Juliette Desplat, Head of Modern Overseas, Intelligence and Security Records at The National Archives

Juliette Desplat discusses Operations Grouse, Freshman, Swallow and Gunnerside, carried out by SOE and the Norwegian Resistance in Norway in 1942-1943. These incredibly audacious missions wrecked Nazi plans for an atom bomb and were described by the commander of German troops in Norway as ‘the most splendid coup seen this war.’

Website

https://prod.flowapp.com/s/VYxcQk5a2d?refToken=MA

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Top Level Tips: First World War Army Records

  • 8 September 2020 2-3pm

Speaker: Dr Will Butler, Head of Military Records at The National Archives

Do you have an ancestor who served in the Army during the First World War? Would you like to research someone listed on your local war memorial? In this short expert-led webinar you will find out all you need to know in order to begin your research and will come away with pointers on how to get started.

Website

https://prod.flowapp.com/s/rMMoJyVhY3?refToken=MA

Screenshot of the search bar of The National Archives' catalogue

Top Level Tips: Using The National Archives' catalogue

  • 15 September 2020 2-2:30pm

Speaker: Sarah Castagnetti, Head of Visual Collections at The National Archives

Join us online to learn our top tips for using Discovery, The National Archives’ catalogue. Within half an hour you will come away with all the tools needed to make the most of the catalogue for your research, whether you are a new user or an experienced researcher.

Website

https://prod.flowapp.com/s/Ut82WScxSS?refToken=MA

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Out in the City: Queer Club culture in London, 1918–1967

  • 18 September 2020 2-3pm

Speaker: Victoria Iglikowski-Broad, Diverse Histories Principal Records Specialist at The National Archives

Despite the risks involved, the twentieth century saw a thriving underground queer community develop. Using unique archive items, this talk seeks to tell the important story of some of the clandestine LGBTQ+ spaces that were raided and closed by police and the covert methods of communication that had to be relied upon.

Through photographs, court reports, witness statements and even tantalising love letters that were never meant for our eyes, this talk will give an insight into these little know, underground venues and the powerful voices of individuals inside them.

Website

https://prod.flowapp.com/s/uH2kQBZcdk?refToken=MA

Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Getting there

10 minutes walk from Kew Gardens underground station (District line)
15 minutes walk from Kew Bridge mainline station (South West trains)
R68 bus route

The National Archives
Kew
Surrey
TW9 4DU
England

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Website

http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk

E-mail

enquiry@nationalarchives.gov.uk

Telephone

020 8876 3444

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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