Connecting collections: tell us your research story

We want to explore connections between archives across the UK and around the world through a series of blogs by the academic researchers (from postgraduates to professors) using them. If you’d like the opportunity to share your research journey with our readers, please submit a blog by Monday 5 December.

Archival research can lead you to surprising locations – and conclusions. Have you consulted a record in one archive whose value only became clear when contextualised with a record held elsewhere? Tracked down a document and found yourself as intrigued by its location as its content? Or aimed to link collections together? We’d like to hear about your eureka moments, but also the hard work of research, with days with little to show.

For this series, we’re as interested in your methodology and experience of archival research as we are in what you’re studying. We hope your story will both enrich people’s understanding of the possible connections between archives, and encourage researchers to be adventurous when planning their own journeys.

Better research expands the world for us all.

How to submit

Please send your submission to Nell Brown by 17:00 on Monday 5 December 2016.

Your blog should be no longer than 750 words. It must reference material in The National Archives and at least one other record or object held elsewhere, and include at least one image (this includes images of text) with a descriptive caption. If you want to use images from collections outside of The National Archives, please include information about their copyright restrictions with your submission. Contributors whose submissions are selected for publication will be notified of which copyright permissions they will then need to obtain.

Published posts will be selected by a panel made up of representatives from The National Archives and archives across the UK.

All material on The National Archives blog is made available under the non-transactional Open Government Licence (OGL). By submitting your blog you agree to make it available under the terms of the OGL.

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