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Delivering 1,000 years of history to your fingertips for free

Date: Monday 20 April 2020
Author: The National Archives, Kew

From online exhibitions, binge-worthy blogs and podcasts, to expert-led webinars and fascinating talks from their What’s On-line programme, The National Archives have plenty to pique your curiosity.

A great place to start is with the Boredom Busters series, a hub of entertaining blogs and podcasts, learning resources, online exhibitions and more. Families are covered too, with their suite of family activities and virtual trails the whole family can get involved in. You’ll discover anything and everything from caring for photographs, design registers, Shakespeare and hidden messages in vintage paintings - the archive is your oyster.

With 1,000 years of history at your fingertips, now is the perfect time to start or continue your research. The National Archives’ online catalogue, Discovery, has over 9 million digitised records, from more than 2,500 archives, for you to mine and very soon download for free! Register for the Using Discovery webinar to learn how to make the most of this powerful tool.

Discovering your own history is one of the most popular types of research, which The National Archives helpfully provide for. Their latest blog on 'how to date family photographs' is an excellent place to kick off the process, while their research guides and expert-led webinars will provide you with tips and tricks for researching your family or local history.

Keep entertained with their What’s On-line programme, which covers a variety of topics such as researching Caribbean or Medieval migration, or the Tudor tournament - The Field of the Cloth of Gold. The pre-recorded talks are followed by a live Q&A with their record specialists who love answering your questions. Register soon as capacity is limited, however, if you do happen to miss any of their talks the Archives Media Player is a sweetshop of talks, videos and podcasts. 

Finally, The National Archives are always showcasing their treasure on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram - who knew they existed because of a mummified rat! Give them a follow or sign up to their newsletter to get all the latest news.

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Updated: 24 March 2021