Magna, 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.
In the May 2020 edition of the magazine some of the features and articles include:
- The British crossing of the Rhine – a vital, defining and highly successful campaign that took place during March 1945.
- The story of the Royal Navy fleet in the Pacific and the battle of Okinawa in 1945 that preceded the eventual outcome in the Far East.
- Indian women and their untold stories from the war.
- An insight into Clement Attlee’s relationship with Winston Churchill and John Beckett.
- Events surrounding a double murder in Bognor Regis in 1942.
- The story behind the loss of the airliner Star Tiger in 1948.
- The second in the series looking at the part sound recordings played in the Second World War.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or send it to:
Magna Magazine Editor
The Friends of The National Archives
Surrey TW9 4DU
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