The Friends’ magazine

The magazine of the Friends of The National Archives is published in May and November. It is free to members and available in print and electronic format.

The magazine contains articles of interest to all branches of the historical community, as well as news from The National Archives.

An image of the front cover of the November 2015 issue of Magna.

The front cover of the November 2015 issue of Magna.

Latest edition

In the November 2015 edition of the magazine some of the features and articles include:

  • The Battle of Agincourt
  • The loss of the SS Oakwood
  • Stonehenge in 1906
  • Ireland before the First World War
  • The Unknown Treasures project
  • The Lima shilling
  • The Jacobite Rebellion
  • Photographing the Western Front

Our magazine contains a wide variety of articles and features from the diverse collection of documents and material held at The National Archives. We include a small selection from past editions below for interest and as taster for what we offer our members.

The Battle of Towton (1461): a 550-year retrospective (PDF, 0.12MB)

General Perón and the nationalisation of railways (PDF, 0.43MB)

Photograph in focus: The Hull Blitz (PDF, 0.60MB)

The Land Tax 1692-1963 (PDF, 0.63MB)

The Metropolitan Police: a basic introduction to the records of service (PDF, 0.55MB)

How you can contribute to the magazine

We welcome contributions on any aspect of history or historical research. If you would like to submit material, please email: or send it to:

Magazine Editor
The Friends of The National Archives
Surrey TW9 4DU

If you would like to contribute, please see our style guidelines:

Friends’ magazine style guidelines (PDF, 0.11MB)