The Friends' lounge

Friends' lounge

A new lounge for Friends members was opened by the Friends' president, Lord Hennessy of Nympsfield, on 11 June.

Members can use the lounge to eat, drink and discuss their research and interests. The lounge has a comment book and noticeboard for sharing information, and a comment box will also be available for members to leave messages for members of the Friends Council.

Please note, the lounge is for the exclusive use of members - non-member guests are not eligible to use it.

Talks and events

The National Archives holds a range of events, including public talks on records of interest, which are sponsored by the Friends.

We also host special evening talks with book signings. These have included author and historian Anne Sebba discussing Wallis Simpson, and Lord Ashdown on the Cockleshell Heroes of the Second World War.

We have held several events in conjunction with other bodies such as the Friends of the Imperial War Museum, both at Kew and at their Lambeth site. These have included talks on the Cold War and the Special Operations Executive during the Second World War.

We also arrange special tours for our members to other institutions, and previous visits have included Bletchley Park, Colindale Newspaper Library, Harrow School, the Museum of London, and the Library and Museum of Freemasonry.

AGM 2013 and talk by Lord Hennessy

The AGM on 11 June 2013 was attended by approximately 40 members. Thanks and appreciation were offered to Clive Cheesman, who stood down as chairman in January and to Peter Brown and Dave Darby who had completed their tenure on the Friends Council. New members Ann Morton and Andre Palfrey-Martin were elected to council and Anne Samson was elected chairman.

The meeting concluded with a talk by Lord Hennessy entitled The pleasures and pains of contemporary history. Listen to a podcast of this talk.

Behind the scenes tours of The National Archives

Behind the scenes guided tours of The National Archives' repositories and Collection Care department run twice a year on the first Tuesday in May and the last Thursday in September. Places are offered on a first come, first served basis.

Behind the scenes tour leaflet (PDF, 0.38Mb)

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