The National Archives holds one of the largest collections in the world, containing over 11 million historical government and public records. From Domesday Book to the Leveson Enquiry, our records offer students a myriad of untapped research opportunities across a wide range of time periods and disciplines.
The PAST introduction days offer an introduction to The National Archives, the skills and knowledge needed to undertake archival research, and the scope and potential of our collection.
Sessions include an introduction to using Discovery, our online catalogue, a tour of the archives, and a display of some of our iconic documents.
Students will also have the opportunity to identify, order, and view original documents for their research, guided by our record specialists.
These events are aimed at third year undergraduate and postgraduate students, although other researchers are welcome to attend.
The next introduction days will be held in autumn term 2017.
What 2015 attendees said
“Fantastic day! Learnt a lot that will help in my research and fascinating information about the documents.”
“All the staff were very welcoming and helpful, very useful day for introducing The National Archives/archival research. Brilliant.”
“Oustanding event. Easily the best led and delivered event I have been to recently.”