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Over the next four years we will think and organise ourselves differently, to meet the needs of each of our major audiences and to face our biggest challenge – digital.

We will change the way you think about archives.

  • The laws that govern our society and guarantee our rights are constantly evolving. A change to one law will have implications for others. How can we follow these changes and understand their impact on our lives?

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    Rights
  • Some stories from history are well known. Famous names and great events help us to understand the past. But behind these stories lie other hidden stories that can challenge our view of the past and tell us more about the history of social change.

    Our collection bears witness to the stories of some of the major social movements of the last century: votes for women, environmental campaigns, trade unionism and gay rights.

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    Change
  • Archives are bursting with valuable information and insights. But finding the right information can sometimes take many years of painstaking work. How can our research help researchers everywhere?

    Traces through time is our ground-breaking international collaborative research project inspired by archives.

    This is just the beginning of a revolution in research technology.

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    Collaboration
  • Every family has a history. Experiences of loss, courage, adventure and separation can resonate through generations and through communities. Making a connection with our past can help us to understand our own lives better.

    Through interactive technology we are bringing these real stories from the trenches to the classroom. We are also working with Caribbean, African and Asian communities in the UK to explore their First World War history.

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    Stories