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Workshop: Colonial lives and careers: tracing individuals in the records of the Colonial Office
08 November 2014
10:00- 13:00 Conference Room A/B
By the end of the nineteenth century, the sheer size of the British Empire meant that the Colonial Office came to hold a huge collection of documents. Many documents produced in the colonies are now held at The National Archives. A large number of individuals appear throughout the documents - in correspondence, reports, parliamentary papers and listings. This workshop will give an overview of Colonial Office records and their structure and content. Using original documents and the online catalogue, participants will learn how to explore the various classes of Colonial Office and related records, such as government gazettes, registers of correspondence and the sessional papers of colonial parliaments.
Dr Daniel Gilfoyle is a Diplomatic and Colonial records specialist at The National Archives, with a particular interest in Colonial Office, Foreign Office and Cabinet records. He has published on the history of science in the colonies, particularly in Africa.
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This event is part of our themed programme. Diplomacy is at the heart of all human interaction. Whether between international states and colonies, monarchs and their ministers, the major players in the theatres of war, kith and kin, or friends and enemies: diplomacy - or lack of it - will play its part. This programme of events aims to reflect the broad spectrum of interpretations of historical diplomacy and the art of peace-making.
Sponsored by the Friends of The National Archives.
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