Records workshops


During the records workshops we will provide detailed research guidance on key document collections held at The National Archives.

During each session students receive in-depth information on a range of record series, their context and administrative background. Sessions include lectures, practical exercises, and hands on-document work.

These sessions are aimed at PhD students, postdocs, and early career researchers. Professionals from the archive, heritage and research sectors are also welcome to attend.

Please note that due to the coronavirus pandemic, records workshops will be cancelled until further notice. Our Introduction to Archival Research days are being held online until further notice. For information about future events, please sign up to our research newsletter by emailing


‘The workshop was fantastic. My only regret is that we didn’t have more time! I loved interacting with the original documents, and seeing how you can follow one name through a myriad of official documents was not only fascinating, but proved just how important these documents are, and how important staff and workshops are to helping us use them. Thank you!’

‘Thank you for an extremely informative workshop and letting us interact with some wonderful documents! The supporting guides and the pack are also so helpful, thank you. I look forward to visiting the archives again.’

‘I thoroughly enjoyed looking at the original documents, and the instruction of how to use them.’

‘Brilliant – I found out things I didn’t know existed.’

‘Such a useful workshop – best part was getting to pick the brains of archivists about my research area. Plenty to go on and useful suggestions of how and where to find things.’

‘Thank you for a fantastic week!’