Cover of Magna magazine

The magazine of the Friends of The National Archives is published in April, August and December. It is free to members and available in print and electronic format.

The magazine contains articles of interest to all branches of the historical community, as well as news from The National Archives.

Latest edition

Articles and features in the August 2014 edition include:

  • Spies: the secret life of Ernest Holloway Oldham
  • 'Art for art's sake'
  • Problems for a wholesale grocer in the 1830s
  • Behind the scenes with Collection Care
  • The Czar's British Squadron
  • Albert Park: The park that never was

Selected articles

Our magazine contains a wide variety of articles and features from the diverse collection of documents and material held at The National Archives. We include a small selection from past editions below for interest and as taster for what we offer our members.

The Battle of Towton (1461): a 550-year retrospective (PDF, 0.12Mb)

General Perón and the nationalisation of railways (PDF, 0.43Mb)

Photograph in focus: The Hull Blitz (PDF, 0.60Mb)

The Land Tax 1692-1963 (PDF, 0.63Mb)

The Metropolitan Police: a basic introduction to the records of service (PDF, 0.55Mb)

How you can contribute to the magazine

We welcome contributions on any aspect of history or historical research. If you would like to submit material, please email: or send it to:

Magazine Editor
The Friends of The National Archives

If you would like to contribute, please see our style guidelines:

Friends' magazine style guidelines (PDF, 0.11Mb)

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