01 August 2013

14:00 - 15:00

On the surface, Captain Thomas Armstrong was an upstanding, if sometimes over-zealous, member of HM Customs service, patrolling the north east coast of England against smugglers. However, an examination of the customs records at The National Archives revealed a different story, tied to the imposing house that Armstrong built on the cliffs at Cullercoats. This talk tells his amazing story, as well as highlighting the records as a rich source of 18th century family, local and social history.

Dr Nick Barratt works in the Advice and Records Knowledge department, but previously ran a historical research agency and was involved in researching and presenting a number of television series, including Who Do You Think You Are. He has published several books, most recently Greater London: The Story of the Suburbs, and lectures regularly about history and the media. His specialist area of records knowledge is 13th century finance.

Sponsored by the Friends of The National Archives.

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