Now entering its fourth year, the First World War 100 programme continues to go from strength to strength, with activities happening onsite, offsite and online. A key aspect of the programme is building on and creating new partnerships, and, as part of this year’s ‘air and sea’ theme, The National Archives has embarked on an ambitious year-long series of collaborations with several notable institutions in the fields of maritime and aviation history. These include:
- Royal Marines Museum, Portsmouth (NMRN)
- National Museum of the Royal Navy library and archives
- Royal Navy Submarine Museum, Hampshire (NMRN)
- The National Maritime Museum, Greenwich
With blogs and webinars; workshops and talks – topics covered will include everything from shipwrecks and the tragic air combat of Bloody April to the Women’s Royal Navel Service and satirical cartoons, with each month seeing a new collaborative partner. Keep checking back for useful links to podcasts, blogs and record series, or see below for the latest Air and Sea activities taking place as part of our What’s On programme:
Tue 24 January | 14:00-15:00 | The National Archives, Kew
This talk by George Malcolmson of the National Museum of the Royal Navy offers a light-hearted exploration of contemporary attitudes towards the Royal Navy and British sailors, using the postcard artwork of Donald McGill; the “King of the Saucy Seaside Postcard”.
Tue 21 February | 14:00-15:00 | The National Archives, Kew
This talk will focus on First World War shipwrecks, detailing the record sources available for shipwrecks and those who were lost on board. Speaker Dr Simon Wills is a maritime genealogist who has been researching and writing about maritime ancestors for over 20 years. He has written several books on maritime history and has a special interest in the merchant navy between 1750 and 1950.
HANDS ON HISTORY
WOMEN AND THE SEA
Fri 17 March | 10.00-16.00 | National Museum of the Royal Navy
Specialists from the National Archives join with specialists from the National Museum of the Royal Navy to demonstrate Women’s relationship to the Navy and the sea using collections from both institutions in the surroundings of Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard
A WOMAN’S WAR: WAACS, WRNS AND WOMEN’S WORK
Thu 30 March | 14:00-15:00 | The National Archives, Kew
Join us for an afternoon of talks focusing on women in the First World War, where our First World War Diverse Histories researcher Louise Bell will talk about the Women’s Roya Navel Naval Service – from the formation of this ground breaking organisation to stories of the actual women who enrolled –utilising sources from The National Archives.