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The Friends' lounge

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

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. 

Evening talks

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 and The Cruel Victory - listen to Lord Ashdown's talks.

AGM 2014 and talk by Simon Gregor

On Tuesday 10 June the AGM for the Friends was held at The National Archives. It was a packed agenda with 60 members attending. The meeting started with an excellent display of 19th-century photographs from the COPY 1 series, presented by Steve Cable, Photographic Specialist in Advice and Records Knowledge.

The members agreed to an increase in membership fees from 1 July 2014 and a change to the membership year from a calendar year to 12 months from date of joining. A revised and updated constitution was also approved.

Ian Hay-Campbell was elected Chairman and Dr Tony Wakeford as Vice Chairman. Alan Hart was elected to serve as Membership Secretary, taking over from Dave Darby who will take up the Treasurer's role later in the year when the current Treasurer, Denis Sparks, stands down. Other elections to Council were Julie Senior (continuing as Honorary Secretary), Dave Darby, Ann Morton and Andre Palfrey Martin.

The meeting concluded with an illustrated talk by Simon Gregor, a freelance photographer, presenting his Remembrance Image Project. You can download or listen to a podcast of his talk in our Archive Media Player.

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. The tours are a membership benefit and places are offered on a first come, first served basis.

Behind the scenes tour leaflet (PDF, 0.10MB)

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