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The Keeper's Gallery
The Keeper's Gallery is an on site exhibition space which showcases highlights from The National Archives. The 'Keeper' is the guardian and head of the archive. The gallery displays a wide selection of treasures including records related to British history, family history and significant global events, as well as intriguing stories from the archive itself.
In the centre of the gallery is the 'More than words: documents that shaped Britain and the world' exhibit. Here you will find a selection of documents - some well known, some not - that illustrate how records from our collection have changed and influenced our understanding of country, culture and constitution, not only here in the UK, but around the world.
The material on display changes regularly.
Colonial Office photograph of Tanganyika, 1961../images/keepers-gallery/co-1069-166-74.jpg
Catalogue reference: CO 1069/166/74
Colonial Office photograph of Tanganyika, 1961../images/keepers-gallery/co-1069-166-109.jpg
Catalogue reference: CO 1069/166/109
Cover of The Suffragist Journal, 1909../images/keepers-gallery/ho-45-10338-139199-p1.jpg
Catalogue reference: HO 45/10338/139199 p1
Photograph of SOE agent Noor Inayat Khan GC, 1939-1944../images/keepers-gallery/a-pro-hs9-836-5-world-war-ii-soe-agenst-noor-inayat-khan-gc-1914-1944.jpg
Catalogue reference: HS 9/836/5
Personal file of Noor Inayat Khan, SOE report, 1939-1944../images/keepers-gallery/hs9-836-5-world-war-ii-soe-report-in-personal-file-of-noor-inyat-khan.jpg
Catalogue reference: HS 9/836/5
Section of the Chapter House, Westminster, 1807../images/keepers-gallery/mpb1-2-1-section-of-the-chapter-house-westminster-1807.jpg
Catalogue reference: MPB 1/2/1
European factories on the West Coast of Africa, 1663-1681../images/keepers-gallery/mpg1-221-africa-west-coast-1663-1681.jpg
Catalogue reference: MPG 1/221
'View of Cato Street', print depicting the Cato Street conspirators' headquarters, 1820../images/keepers-gallery/ts11-202-cato-street-conspiracy-1820-view-of-cato-street.jpg
Catalogue reference: TS 11/202
Sketch of hayloft at Cato Street, 1820../images/keepers-gallery/ts11-202-cato-street-conspiracy-1820-sketch-of-hayloft.jpg
Catalogue reference: TS 11/202
A closer look at...
The Battle of Britain
Tuesday 25 August 2015 - February 2016We are showcasing original Second World War artworks depicting the Battle of Britain to mark its 75th anniversary
The Battle of Agincourt
Tuesday 6th October 2015 - Friday 29th April 2016
To highlight the 600th anniversary of the Battle of Agincourt a selection of documents held by The National Archives will be going into the gallery including a roll naming those men, archers, esquires and valets, who were sent home sick from the Agincourt campaign. You can also explore these records in our online exhibiton.
Tuesday 19 May 2015 - January 2016
The National Archives holds many of the key documents relating to the granting of Magna Carta and its significance and development through history. The National Archives' 1225 and 1297 Magna Cartas are both currently on external loan so are not in the gallery.
Tuesday 19 May 2015 - November 2015To mark the 40th Anniversary of Barbara Hepworth's death and to tie in with the Barbara Hepworth: Sculpture for a Modern World exhibition being held at The Tate this year, the gallery is displaying highlights from the material held by The National Archives including a handwritten note by the artist and photographs of her work.
Newfoundland: Empire in the First World War
Tuesday 30 June 2015 - Friday 11 December 2015This display highlights some of the records at The National Archives relating to Newfoundland's efforts in the First World War including a design for a Newfoundland memorial in Scotland to commemorate the work of the Newfoundland Forestry corps who were conscripted to work for the Forestry Commission in the UK to supply timber for the war effort.
"Caribbean Through a Lens" Outreach display
Tuesday 25th August 2015 - Friday 26th February 2016This display will highlight some of the Outreach work undertaken by The National Archives as part of the Caribbean Through a Lens project.
Tuesday 28 July 2015 - January 2016A selection of key documents will be on display to mark the anniversaries of the Jacobite rebellions, including a Jacobite song and a document listing Jacobite prisoners.
January 2016- June 2017
Sarawak is situated on the North-West coast of the island of Borneo. This display will consist of photographs and documents from the period when the country was ruled by the Brooke family, who became known as the "white rajas"
Tours of the Keeper's Gallery
The Keeper's Gallery is offering free highlights tours of the gallery twice a month, led by volunteers. For dates please see the What's On page. Each tour runs from 14:00-14:30.
Please meet at the welcome desk five minutes before the tour start time. Each tour group will take a maximum of 12 people on a first come, first served basis.
Keeper's Gallery family activities
Watch out, there's a spy about!
Thursday 29 October 10.30-11.45
Come and learn about the famous spies in our collection. Discover how spies prepare for their job and the tactics they use to avoid detection. Use your research to design some spyware for our resident spy to help her on her very first mission! Suitable for ages 5 to 10. Please note that children must be accompanied by an adult at all times during the workshop. To book please visit our What's On page.
Let battle commence! Arming a 15th century knight
Tuesday 27 October 2015 14:00 - 15:30
Step back in time to the late medieval period and meet a 15th century knight as he prepares for battle. Along with his team, he will show you what he wore and demonstrate the weapons he used. Where else can you see how the English army prepared for their famous battle on 25 October 1415?
Suitable for ages 5 to 10. Please note that children must be accompanied by an adult at all times during the workshop. To book please visit our What's On page.
The Keeper's Gallery is free and is open 09:00-17:00, Tuesday-Saturday. It is located on the ground floor of The National Archives.
For preservation reasons light levels are kept low in certain areas of the gallery and some documents on display are facsimiles. Please note, as we have generally made the space brighter and increased the ambient temperature of the gallery we are no longer able to provide the right environment to have Domesday permanently on display. Instead, there is a new rotating exhibit in the central part of the gallery that will feature Domesday for approximately six months every five years. There is currently a replica of Domesday on display.
You can find, and contribute to, Wikipedia entries about some of our displays using QR codes. However, you will need to download an app to access QR codes before you visit The National Archives as you cannot download apps over our free public wifi.
Keeper's Gallery blogTo find out more about our latest exhibits, read our Keeper's Gallery blog series.
We would welcome any feedback or suggestions regarding the Keeper's Gallery.
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