How to look for records of... Political history in the 19th century
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This is a brief guide to help you find records of 19th century political history. The 19th century was a period of great political and social change, including social reforms affecting education, poverty and public health, and reform of the franchise.
The Home Office was created in 1782 to supervise the internal affairs of Great Britain, with particular emphasis on law, order and regulation. The Foreign Office, the department responsible for the conduct of British relations with nearly all foreign states, was also formed in 1782.
The National Archives holds many records for this period, including the correspondence and minutes of the major departments, including the Home Office, the Foreign Office, and the Treasury. We also hold the papers of some prominent politicians.