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Apply now: Young People’s Film Project

Mon, 05/20/2019 - 05:55

We will be running an exciting new film project, ‘Mental Health on Record’, from Monday 29 July to Friday 2 August 2019, and we have places for 14 enthusiastic young people (aged 16-19 years) to take part.

Working with professional filmmaker, Nigel Kellaway, you will have the opportunity to explore original documents from our collection on the subject of mental health. These records reflect the personal stories of individuals from history, whose experiences show how mental health was represented and misunderstood in the past.

You will also work with mental health charity Richmond Borough Mind, to learn about contemporary mental health challenges and how people can seek advice and support today.

The project is an excellent opportunity to gain experience working with original documents, learn film-making skills from an industry professional, and work creatively with your peers. Take a look at some of the previous film projects we have run, including ‘Holding History’,  and ‘Suffrage Tales’, for a sense of what you will achieve.

The closing date for applications is Friday 28th June 2019.

For more information about the project and to apply to take part, click here.

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Congratulations to our Finance Team

Thu, 05/02/2019 - 11:47

Last night at the Public Finance awards, The National Archives finance team won Finance Team of the Year – Central Government and National Bodies’

Pauline Moore, Head of Finance said: “We have had a tough year, carrying some vacancies but still achieving our aims. This award recognises the immense efforts that have been made across the whole team, and the faith our management and external stakeholders have in us to deliver challenging targets.”

As part of the nomination, the finance team highlighted some of the work they have done over the past year, achieving their core objectives with a considerably reduced team.

In addition, they have become experts in managing relationships – transforming the culture of finance internally, and reaching out to new contacts to share expertise across the public sector.


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Newly accredited archive services

Thu, 03/28/2019 - 07:38

The Archive Service Accreditation Committee, responsible for the award of Accreditation, is pleased to announce that the following archive services have been awarded accredited status:

  • Rotherham Archives and Local Studies Service
  • Royal College of Physicians of London Archive
  • Suffolk Record Office
  • The Postal Museum: the Royal Mail Archive
  • Wirral Archives Service

The Committee has also agreed the following archive services should retain Archive Service Accreditation after completing their post-award review:

  • University of Edinburgh, Centre for Research Collections
  • Cheshire Archives and Local Studies
  • Oxfordshire History Centre
  • Pembrokeshire Archives and Local Studies
  • Peterborough Local Studies and Archives
  • Rambert Archives
  • Royal Bank of Scotland Archives
  • Sheffield City Archives

All accredited archive services must demonstrate the continuing development of their service around the management and care of their collections and the provision of access to their collections.

A list of accredited archive service is available here.

Archive Sector Accreditation is supported by a partnership of the Archives and Records Association (UK), Archives and Records Council Wales, National Records of Scotland, Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, Scottish Council on Archives, The National Archives and the Welsh Government through its Museums, Archives and Libraries Wales division.

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Changes to the reading rooms

Wed, 03/20/2019 - 08:09

During the week beginning Monday 25 March we will be carrying out some work in the Research and Enquiries area of the on site reading rooms.

From Monday 25 March the London Family History Centre will no longer have a physical presence in the reading rooms at Kew, and we will be repurposing the space it currently occupies.

The National Archives has agreed to become a FamilySearch Affiliate Library, meaning that access to all digitised records on FamilySearch will continue on PCs located in the reading rooms. Visitors will need to have a (free) FamilySearch account with which to access records, and self-help guides will be available.

The changes will include the addition of soft seating areas for reading and private study, new low shelving for library material and the creation of an informal lecture space to accommodate student groups.

This work will involve some rearrangement of the current layout of the reading rooms, including the microfilm readers and the Army, Navy and Air Force lists. However, the overall number of PC terminals available will remain the same.

The work is scheduled to be completed by Friday 29 March. We expect the disruption to visitors to be minimal and there will be no adverse effect to our services.

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DCDC19: Call for Papers

Wed, 03/06/2019 - 08:03

We are now inviting proposals for our seventh annual Discovering Collections, Discovering Communities (DCDC) conference, organised jointly with Research Libraries UK (RLUK).

Taking place between 11-13 November, this year’s conference will discuss the topic, ‘Navigating the digital shift: practices and possibilities’.

Every year, DCDC facilitates an open and inclusive environment where colleagues in the archive, library, museum and academic sectors from the UK, Europe and beyond can discuss and contribute ideas on a common topic. Contributions are welcomed from individuals or groups at all stages of their careers, exploring possibilities the digital shift may offer for collections, audience expectations and professional practice.

Conference themes will include:

  • Rise of the machines: artificial intelligence, interpretation, and creativity.
  • Internet of Things: augmenting and evaluating audience engagement.
  • The record: authenticity and trust.
  • The challenge of discoverability of digital records.

To submit a paper for DCDC19 see full details here.

The conference will be held at the BCEC (Birmingham Conference and Events Centre), Birmingham.

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Contract awarded to publish the 1921 Census online

Wed, 02/27/2019 - 11:17

We can today announce the contract to publish the 1921 Census online has been awarded to British & Irish family history website Findmypast, in association with the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

The census, which was the first to be conducted following the introduction of the Census Act of 1920, will be published in January 2022.

Taken on 19 June 1921, it consists of more than 28,000 bound volumes of original household returns containing detailed information on close to 38 million individuals.

The project will see Findmypast capture digital images and transcribe text data in a way that will enable family historians across the globe to conduct meaningful searches of these important records for the very first time.

Neil Curtis, Finance and Commercial Director at The National Archives, said: ‘This is the most significant digitisation project The National Archives has undertaken to date with the 1921 census containing detailed information on close to 38 million individuals. As home to more than 1,000 years of history we are delighted to be working with Findmypast to open up this unique record collection to the world.’

This census provides greater detail than any previously published, as in addition to the questions asked in 1911, the 1921 returns also asked householders to reveal their place of employment, what materials they worked in and their employer’s name. Those aged 15 and older were required to provide information about their marital status, including if divorced, while for those under 15 the census recorded whether both parents were alive or if either or both had died.

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Volunteers required for our User Advisory Group

Tue, 02/19/2019 - 04:57

Would you like to represent the views of archive users and help to improve The National Archives’ services? If you are a regular archive user then we would love to hear from you.

We are seeking new voluntary representatives to join our User Advisory Group (UAG).

The User Advisory Group aims to give people who use our services the opportunity to participate in The National Archives’ planning and decision making processes.

Delegates represent ‘the voice’ of different sections of our user community, not only their own interests. As well as attending meetings each delegate has a responsibility to engage with members of their user communities, to share information and gather feedback.

We would particularly like to hear from users who feel they could effectively represent one or more of the following user groups:

  • Academics – historians and those with links to one or more of the learned societies and who are involved in encouraging post graduates to work with archival material
  • Onsite personal interest – particularly those interested in areas other than genealogy
  • Student users – current under- or post-graduate students in subjects that make use of archives
  • Early career academics – historians and related disciplines that make use of archives, in the early years of their academic careers

Representatives will also need to demonstrate they have the qualities to actively participate in the group, including:

  • Willingness to express the views of their communities in the setting of a large meeting
  • Time to prepare for meetings, including reading papers and networking
  • Ability to see the ‘bigger picture’

Meetings are held at The National Archives in Kew four times a year, usually on Tuesdays during working hours. Dates and times are published well in advance and delegates are expected to make every effort to attend. We ask prospective delegates to commit to a minimum term of one year’s service.

Find out more about the groups already represented, current delegates and how to submit an expression of interest via the UAG pages.

How to submit an expression of interest

If you would like to express interest in representing one of the groups listed above, please email us at the address below with the following information:

  • Indicate in the subject line of your email that it is an expression of interest
  • Indicate which sections(s) of the user community you would like to represent; if you list more than one, please rank them in order of preference
  • Check the list of the sections of the user community which are already represented; if you feel that there is a group that we have not listed, and that you would like to represent, please specify this
  • Tell us about your experience as an archive user and why you feel that you would be suitable as a delegate (please write no more than 150 words)
  • Give examples to show that you have the personal qualities required as a delegate of UAG (please write no more than 150 words)
  • Indicate your ideas and suggestions for how you would disseminate details of the group to the user community or communities that you would be representing, and how you would gather feedback (please write no more than 150 words)

Delegates will be selected based upon the information provided.

Please email your expression of interest to:

The closing date for expressions of interest is 15 March 2019 at 17:00

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Project to explore political role of Archbishops of York from 1304–1405

Mon, 02/04/2019 - 07:29

Today we launch ‘The Northern Way’, an innovative research project investigating the political role of the Archbishops of York from 1304–1405.

With funding of almost £1 million from the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the 33-month project will be managed in collaboration with the University of York, with the support of the Chapter of York Minster. A true project of discovery, historians and archivists will explore records generated by and from the Archbishops of York to investigate their role in one of the most turbulent periods in British history.

The project has two complementary strands. The principle aim is to make the key records of spiritual governance more digitally accessible, searchable and free. This will be achieved through the digital indexing of archbishops registers held at the Borthwick Institute for Archives, the University of York, and at regional and national archives. These registers will also be linked to new evidence taken from the many ecclesiastical records held at The National Archives.

Another ambition is to explore the tension between the archbishops’ spiritual and political leadership during a century of instability, warfare and famine. This includes focusing on the individual roles of northern archbishops as confidants of English royals and senior officials.

Co-Investigator of the project, Dr Paul Dryburgh, Principal Records Specialist at The National Archives, said:

‘The records held at The National Archives are an important piece of the puzzle in understanding this tension. Throughout the fourteenth century successive archbishops of York held key roles within royal government. They worked closely alongside individual kings and were supported by their clerks, many of whom came to Westminster from across the northern diocese. In many ways they can be described as a true northern powerhouse.’

To find out more and to see how you can get involved, visit the project website and Twitter feed (@tnorthernway), the Borthwick Institute for Archives website and look out for posts on The National Archives’ blog.

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