Russian Revolution observed

Tsar Nicholas II (left) with his cousin King George V (COPY 1/536)
View in image library

How did the British government react to events at the time?

This workshop draws on Foreign Office reports, correspondence and telegrams from British diplomats and other officials based in Russia during the revolution. These files offer a detailed and vivid account of the rapidly unfolding events in March 1917.

Students analyse and compare eye-witness accounts of the March Revolution written by British diplomats stationed in Moscow and Petrograd. They discuss the value of using Foreign Office reports to study the Russian Revolution and identify reasons why accounts of the same event could differ so dramatically. Students also examine how the British government reacted to incoming reports and consider why it was a matter of concern at the time.

At the end of the session, students ‘rummage’ through other original documentation on the Russian Revolution, and look at restricted-access files relating to the assassination of the Tsar and his family.

This session is delivered as a workshop. Find out more about the types of session we offer.

Session options

This session is delivered as a:


at The National Archives

2 hours

Available: All year

Cost: Free to UK schools

Suitability: Key stage 5

Request a booking

Contact us

All activities must be booked in advance.

Tel: +44 (0)20 8392 5365

Fax: +44 (0)20 8487 9202

Contact the education team