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Thumbs up to railway accidents

Between June 1908 and November 1917 there were 63 injuries to the thumbs of Barry Railway employees in South Wales. The injuries ranged from strained and sprain... read more

foinsí Ghaeilge (Irish sources) at The National Archives

It is a thoroughly unremarkable occurrence to see a letter in The National Archives addressed ‘To my most loving brother’. Literally thousands of pieces of... read more

On the Record: Double agents and double standards

Espionage is a complicated business. Not only do you, as a spy, have to maintain an alias and feed secrets to your handler, but there is always the possibility... read more

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foinsí Ghaeilge (Irish sources) at The National Archives

It is a thoroughly unremarkable occurrence to see a letter in The National Archives addressed ‘To my most loving brother’. Literally thousands of pieces of... read more

Exporting digital cultural assets – are we ready?

To remove cultural property from the UK, the owner has to apply for an export licence depending on the media, age and value of the item. If a licence is require... read more

The poignant last will and testament of Nicholas Hilliard

Nicholas Hilliard – goldsmith, portrait painter, royal servant – was buried in St Martin-in-the-Fields, at the western end of London’s Strand, on 7 Januar... read more

Tracing your house history

The dwelling that you call home will always hold a unique treasure trove of secrets, from the house itself to the area or land it was built on. The architecture... 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

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

Thumbs up to railway accidents

Between June 1908 and November 1917 there were 63 injuries to the thumbs of Barry Railway employees in South Wales. The injuries ranged from strained and sprain... read more

foinsí Ghaeilge (Irish sources) at The National Archives

It is a thoroughly unremarkable occurrence to see a letter in The National Archives addressed ‘To my most loving brother’. Literally thousands of pieces of... read more

On the Record: Double agents and double standards

Espionage is a complicated business. Not only do you, as a spy, have to maintain an alias and feed secrets to your handler, but there is always the possibility... read more

How to teach a computer to read

A thought that may have crossed your mind when reading the title of this blog is ‘Why would we want a computer to read in the first place?’ The answer to th... read more

Computational archival science (CAS): Exploring data, investigating methodologies – workshop invitation

Would you like to join us at The National Archives for a two-day data exploration workshop? What: Computational archival science: exploring data, investigating... read more

Digitally safeguarding a seal mould collection: a volunteer’s perspective on PRO 23

There has recently been a series of blogs highlighting the PRO 23 project, which is an ongoing piece of work focused on digitally safeguarding The National Ar... read more