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This independent research session prepares students for searching, ordering, handling and analysing original documents. It also gives students an insight into the role of archives and the challenges of preserving historical records.
In this session, students discuss how to analyse and interpret archival material through examining an original document. They also explore the catalogue and learn how to reserve a seat in the reading room. The session concludes with a guided tour of the public reading room areas. This session is recommended as a morning workshop, so that students and teachers can remain at The National Archives in the afternoon to order and examine original documents independently in the public areas.