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Pristine sweater in parcel posted in 1807

A 200-year-old sweater in a traditional Faroese knit has been found in a stash of 19th-century letters at The National Archives in our Prize Papers...

Tags: Faroe Islands, knitting, Prize Papers, Second Battle of Copenhagen, textiles, woollen

300,000 farm records going online, thanks to grant from Lund Trust

The National Archives is delighted to announce that we will digitise the National Farm Survey (MAF 32 and MAF 73) in full, thanks to a generous grant...

Tags: farms and farming, land records, Lund Trust, national farm survey, second world war

Great Escapes exhibition launched

We opened our new exhibition Great Escapes: Remarkable Second World War Captives with a launch event and positive coverage in the media. At the...

Tags: civilian internees, great escapes, MI9, prisoners of war, second world war

Allocating collections accepted in lieu of tax

Image: account book belonging to William Calley the elder, draper of London, recording his trade in cloth with individual clients, 1600-1606. Image...

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Join The National Archives Board

Are you interested in helping to lead and shape the work of The National Archives? We are looking to appoint two non-executive members to our Board. The...

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Latest Cabinet Office files released

Today we have released Cabinet Office files from 20 years ago covering a range of subjects that crossed the desk of Tony Blair as prime minister. Some...

Tags: cabinet office, file release, mi5, prime minister, prime minister's office, spies, Tony Blair

18th Century Spanish Prize Papers Now Online

  The National Archives in collaboration with Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg has launched online thousands of papers from captured...

Tags: Prize Papers, Spanish Prize Papers, University of Oldenburg

Newly Accredited Archive Services

Following a recent Archive Service Accreditation Panel, we are pleased to announce that the following archive services have been awarded accreditation...

Tags: Archive Accreditation, archive sector, archive sector accreditation panel

Great Escapes: Remarkable Second World War Captives

We can today announce our upcoming exhibition, Great Escapes: Remarkable Second World War Captives, opening in February 2024. During the Second...

Tags: captives, exhibition, great escapes, internees, prisoners of war, second world war, Volunteers

The National Archives Chief Executive and Keeper to conclude term of office 

The Chief Executive of The National Archives, Jeff James, will leave his post in summer 2024 when his current term ends.   Jeff James said: 'By summer...

Tags: chief executive, DCMS, keeper, recruitment, The National Archives Board

Book on Victorian poverty wins major prize

A major new book on nineteenth century poverty co-authored between staff at The National Archives and Nottingham Trent University has won the North...

Tags: North American Victorian Studies Association, Nottingham Trent University, poor law

Discovery maintenance on 9 October

On Monday 9 October, Discovery (our online catalogue) and some related services will be closed for essential maintenance between 08:30 and 17:30 BST. During...

Tags: discovery, maintenance