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Actors in the Archives
The National Archives runs a range of actor led sessions. These are delivered by specialist costumed interpreters who galvanise students' imaginations and skills of source evaluation and debate. In the same way as our Education Officers, our actors work here at the Archives, over videoconference and in our virtual classroom.
We run these sessions at fixed times throughout the year. Dates are available on the relevant session pages.
Students can meet Private Henry Fairhurst in the session All Pals Together, focusing on trench life in the First World War. From the Second World War, SOE agent Noor Inayat Khan describes her experiences behind enemy lines as part of the resistance in Occupied France and for those studying the conflicts of earlier eras there is the chance to argue the causes of the English civil wars with a puritan and an Anglican Bishop.
Our investigations into civil rights cover the 18th century abolitionist Olaudah Equiano and his fight against the slave trade and also give students an opportunity to examine the working conditions of children working underground in the 1840s.Finally our ever popular Day of Judgement session will see your class divided between Norman commissioners and Saxon peasants as they experience William the Conqueror's Domesday survey in all its exacting detail. Watch out for the terrifying Prior Robert - he certainly scares us!