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A new lounge for Friends members was opened by the Friends' president, Lord Hennessy of Nympsfield, on 11 June.
Members can use the lounge to eat, drink and discuss their research and interests. The lounge has a comment book and noticeboard for sharing information, and a comment box will also be available for members to leave messages for members of the Friends Council.
Please note, the lounge is for the exclusive use of members - non-member guests are not eligible to use it.
Talks and events
The National Archives holds a range of events, including public talks on records of interest, which are sponsored by the Friends. Find out more about the free series of Writer of the Month talks which the Friends are currently sponsoring.
We also host special evening talks with book signings. These have included author and historian Anne Sebba discussing Wallis Simpson, and Lord Ashdown on the Cockleshell Heroes of the Second World War.
We have held several events in conjunction with other bodies such as the Friends of the Imperial War Museum, both at Kew and at their Lambeth site. These have included talks on the Cold War and the Special Operations Executive during the Second World War.
We also arrange special tours for our members to other institutions, and previous visits have included Bletchley Park and the Colindale Newspaper Library.
More than 30 members joined an informative visit to Harrow school at the beginning of June.
Ballards, bullets and breweries: Richmond in the Records
Tuesday 19 November 17:00-19:00
This event takes place as part of Explore Your Archive week and is open to members of the Friends of The National Archives and London Historians only.
Book your place now.
AGM and talk by Lord Hennessy
The AGM on 11 June was attended by approximately 40 members. Thanks and appreciation were offered to Clive Cheesman, who stood down as chairman in January and to Peter Brown and Dave Darby who had completed their tenure on the Friends Council. New members Ann Morton and Andre Palfrey-Martin were elected to council and Anne Samson was elected chairman.
The meeting concluded with a talk by Lord Hennessy entitled The pleasures and pains of contemporary history. Listen to a podcast of this talk.
Behind the scenes tours of The National Archives
Behind the scenes guided tours of The National Archives' repositories and Collection Care department run twice a year on the first Tuesday in May and the last Thursday in September. Places are offered on a first come, first served basis.
Behind the scenes tour leaflet (PDF, 0.38Mb)
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