Big Ideas seminar series

The Big Ideas seminar series is convened by and hosted at The National Archives throughout the academic year. The seminars welcome speakers from institutions across the UK and internationally to present their cutting-edge research. The seminars are open to the academic and research community, as well as the heritage and archival sector.

The aims of the seminar series are:

  • To build a research community around The National Archives, and encourage the exploration of new research at both a theoretical and practical level with us, as part of our Independent Research Organisation status.
  • To introduce new theories and innovative methods that may be of interest to or that can be incorporated into the work of seminar attendees.

Big Ideas is generously supported by the Friends of The National Archives.


The Big Ideas series is currently under review. You can listen to Big Ideas seminars, including those of previous years, as a podcast series online.