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New ministerial appointments

Our parent department the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has welcomed a number of new Ministers.

Document release

More files from 1986-88 released

Today we released more files from the Prime Minister’s Office and the Cabinet Office, spanning the years 1986-88. The files are available to view...

Tags: 1986, 1987, 1988, cabinet office, file release, prime minister's office

Committee announces newly Accredited Archive Services

Over fifty archive services have now achieved accredited status since the launch of Archive Service Accreditation in 2013. Accredited archive services...

Tags: accreditation, archive service accreditation

Shakespeare’s will heads to Stratford

One of our most important original documents relating to William Shakespeare is set to return to his hometown for the very first time since it was written...

Tags: conservation, exhibition, Shakespeare, shakespeare's will

Voices of the Home Fronts programme announced

The National Archives, together with the Everyday Lives in War Engagement Centre - on behalf of the five national World War One Engagement Centres funded...

Tags: conference, first world war, home front

Somme told through newly digitised war diaries

Research carried out by staff at The National Archives into newly digitised war diaries has unearthed information about the men commemorated on two...

Tags: first world war, somme, war diaries, WO95

Prisoner of war records now available online

More than 764,000 records of servicemen, women and civilians who were taken captive during the Napoleonic Wars, Crimean War, Boer War, First World War and Second World War have been published online.

Tags: boer war, Crimean War, first world war, military history, napoleonic wars, prisoner of war, second world war

Somme Tales: A unique opportunity for 16-19 year olds

We are looking for 16-19 year old students to work on an exciting summer holiday project to produce a film about the experiences of Commonwealth soldiers...

Tags: film, first world war, somme, students

Programme released and registration open for Discovering Collections, Discovering Communities 2016

Registration is now open for this year’s Discovering Collections, Discovering Communities conference, to be held between 10-12 October 2016 at The Lowry,...

Tags: conference, DCDC, Discovering Collections, Discovering Communities, manchester, research libraries uk, the lowry

Royal Navy First World War Lives at Sea project announced

We have once again joined forces with the National Maritime Museum (NMM) and the Crew List Index Project team (CLIP) to create a new free-to-search database resource relating to all the Royal Navy officers and ratings that served in the First World War - First World War Royal Navy Lives at Sea.

Tags: crew list index project, first world war, lives at sea, national maritime museum, royal navy

New Shakespeare discovery reveals fee for royal favour

Archivists at The National Archives have discovered a 400-year-old document which reveals a new insight into how Shakespeare’s acting company rose...

Tags: by me william shakespeare, william shakespeare

New £20 note to feature signature held at The National Archives

Landscaper painter, JMW Turner, has been unveiled as the new face of the £20 note – and the artist’s signature included on the note has come straight...

Tags: bank of england, prob 1/96, turner

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