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Kew, Richmond
Surrey TW9 4DU

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Online exhibitions

RAIL 253/516: Xmas greetings from the front. View in Image library

Explore different historic periods and themes through images and extracts from our collections.

Other research tools

INF 3/1510: Submarine control room, 1939-1946 View in Image library

For some types of records there are additional search tools. Use these online resources and our on site library to search for records and find out more about them.

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Death, the doctor and the detective writer

Recently, while researching documents to use as part of a document display, I chanced upon a file relating to a murder which had occurred in the 1930s, very close to my childhood home. Idle curiosity led me to order the document and have a look at it. There among the neatly-typed police reports and statements I was greatly surprised […]

Play podcasts

Big Ideas Series: ‘In Their Own Write: Welfare, Discipline and Pauper Agency in the Nineteenth Century’

In this seminar, Dr Paul Carter introduces his new research project which he is undertaking in collaboration with Professor Steven King, University of Leicester, after receiving a grant from the Arts and Humanities Research Council. Paul examines the correspondence between paupers…

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Webinar: Henry VIII – Dynasty and power in Tudor England

This webinar was delivered on 22 September 2016 by Dr Sean Cunningham. Sean is Head of the medieval and early modern team. His has published a number of articles on the Tudors, most recently a best-selling book on Henry’s brother,…

Reading old documents

KB 27/1012 m1: Court of King's Bench Coram Rege Rolls detail 6 Hen VIII Trin View in Image library

Our range of online tutorials on Latin and palaeography will help you to read documents from the medieval period and beyond, through practical activities and useful examples.

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INF 3/403: Women for Industry Women of Britain. Come into the factories... Artist Zec , 1939-1946View in Image library

If you are new to The National Archives and want some help getting started with your family history or any other kind of research, you're in the right place.

Video guides

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Citing documents

Read our guidance on how to cite records and catalogues held by The National Archives in notes, publications and theses.