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Peel’s Police: Raw Lobsters and Blue Devils!

On 19 June 1829, Sir Robert Peel’s Act for Improving the Police in and near the Metropolis received royal assent. Peel argued that there was a real need for t... read more

The Hearth Tax Exemption Certificates project

Before I retired from The National Archives in 2010, I worked on cataloguing. Part of my work involved cataloguing hearth tax exemption certificates. The hearth... read more

Meet the new research staff in Collections Care

This spring, several new research staff have joined our Collection Care Department. Our Collection Care research programme is designed to enable staff to predic... read more

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Peel’s Police: Raw Lobsters and Blue Devils!

On 19 June 1829, Sir Robert Peel’s Act for Improving the Police in and near the Metropolis received royal assent. Peel argued that there was a real need for t... read more

The Hearth Tax Exemption Certificates project

Before I retired from The National Archives in 2010, I worked on cataloguing. Part of my work involved cataloguing hearth tax exemption certificates. The hearth... read more

Creating our Cold War exhibition

When Steve Burgess and Juliette Johnstone from our events and exhibitions team first approached me about curating an exhibition on the Cold War, I was flattered... read more

Meet the new research staff in Collections Care

This spring, several new research staff have joined our Collection Care Department. Our Collection Care research programme is designed to enable staff to predic... read more

Creating our Cold War exhibition

When Steve Burgess and Juliette Johnstone from our events and exhibitions team first approached me about curating an exhibition on the Cold War, I was flattered... read more

Vikings, squirrels and viral social media: my professional placement

I blogged back in November with the other 2018-19 fellows as we started out on our professional fellowships. It isn’t long ago, but it feels as though a lot o... read more

What to do with degraded film?

I am currently an intern on the one-year Icon Photographic Conservation programme, working at both The National Archives and the Tate. I’ve been based at the... read more

Seal moulds: opening up the collection as never before

We hold an historic collection of moulds taken from our wax seals. Containing some 7,700 items, the collection is the largest of its type in the UK. But why d... read more

Join us and work with central government

We are pleased to announce four exciting new opportunities to work at The National Archives. As part of The National Archives’ statutory responsibility, the G... read more

The Hearth Tax Exemption Certificates project

Before I retired from The National Archives in 2010, I worked on cataloguing. Part of my work involved cataloguing hearth tax exemption certificates. The hearth... read more

One man’s vision: Ernest Bevin and the creation of NATO

4 April 2019 marks the 70th anniversary of the signing of the treaty that brought NATO into being. Ernest Bevin was the British Foreign Secretary. He believed... read more

Say ‘cheese’: exposing photographs in the archives

If you search The National Archives’ catalogue for ‘photograph’ you get 365,199 results. Try putting that lot into an album. We have photographs from a wi... read more

Meet the new research staff in Collections Care

This spring, several new research staff have joined our Collection Care Department. Our Collection Care research programme is designed to enable staff to predic... read more

Digital engagement and archives: creating the Peterloo story

Last November, I wrote a blog post about digital storytelling, outreach and archives, in which I talked about how digitisation has created new and innovative o... read more

Meet our new Collection Care research staff

This spring, several new research staff have joined our Collection Care Department. Our Collection Care research programme is designed to enable staff to predic... read more