Postgraduate Archival Skills Training

The ability to use archives and original documents is one of the core research skills across a broad range of disciplines. PAST, the Postgraduate Archival Skills Training programme, offers students the unique opportunity to gain the skills and knowledge needed to undertake academic research at The National Archives and other institutions.

The PAST programme includes introduction days, skills and methodology workshops, and records workshops. All sessions are delivered by our specialists on site at The National Archives in Kew and are based on working with original documents from our collections.



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An introduction to The National Archives and the PAST programme, the skills needed to undertake archival research, and the scope and potential of our collections.

Learn the practical skills needed to undertake archival research and how to make the best use of your time in the archives

Detailed information on key collections and topics, their historical and administrative context, and guidance on interpretation.

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