Events

Our exciting programme of online talks is for everyone and are delivered by our experts, specialists and special guest speakers. When you book an event, you are invited to pay what you can – this is optional and entirely at the discretion of attendees. Some of our events remain completely free, as are our online research and academic events. Browse our latest programme below or see our FAQ page to find out more about registering and accessing an event.

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20sPeople events

To coincide with the release of the 1921 Census of England and Wales in January 2022, our 20sPeople programme will explore and share stories connecting the people of the 1920s with us in the 2020s.

Beyond the Roar: Exhibition tours (at The National Archives)

Sunday 23 January and 6 February at various times

Meet the curators behind our current exhibition, as you take a tour through life in the 1920s and discover some surprising stories.

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Flappers, flights and freedom: A social history of the 1920s with Kate Williams

Wednesday 26 January at 19:30

Historian Professor Kate Williams brings to life the fascinating world of the 1920s – from strikes and suffrage to science and arts.

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From house to home: Mel Backe-Hansen’s guide to the 20s house

Friday 4 February at 14:00

Discover how our ancestors of 100 years ago lead the way for transformation of housing across the country, as Melanie Backe-Hansen takes us into the world of houses in the 1920s..

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The 1920s: Beyond the Roar curator tour (online)

Wednesday 23 February at 19:30 and Friday 11 March at 14:00

Meet the curators behind our current exhibition online, and discover the surprising stories and documents behind the 1920s.

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The 1920s: Radical Fashion with Amber Butchart

Wednesday 30 March at 19:30

Dress historian Amber Butchart looks at radical fashion changes in the 1920s and some of the notable figures that helped to define the decade.

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What’s online

The Tudor Socialite

Friday 18 February at 14:00

A world of love affairs, tragedy, marriage and death – the Tudor period continues to enchant and mesmerise the world. Join author, Jan-Marie Knights, in conversation about her latest book, The Tudor Socialite.

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Top Level Tips: Using Discovery

Tuesday 22 February at 14:00

Join us online to learn our top tips for using Discovery, our online catalogue which allows you to download 100 free records a month. You will come away with all of the tools needed to make the most of the catalogue for your research, whether you are a new user or an experienced researcher.

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National Treasures: Saving the Nation’s Art

Wednesday 2 March at 19:30

Dr Caroline Shenton explores the gripping, and sometimes hilarious, story of how a band of heroic curators and eccentric custodians saved Britain’s national heritage during the Second World War.

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What is History, Now? In conversation with Helen Carr and Suzannah Lipscomb

Friday 4 March at 14:00

Join Helen Carr and Suzannah Lipscomb in conversation about their latest book, What is History, Now?, a ground-breaking collection of essays addressing the burning issue of how we interpret history today.

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Researching your family history: Military sources

Tuesday 15 March at 14:00

Join our experts as they draw on our collections to explore how to using these sources can enrich genealogical research and help develop your understanding of an ancestor’s time in military service.

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Missed an event or can’t watch the talk live?

All events are viewable for 48 hours after the published date and time, which means that attendees who registered but were unable view the live event can catch up at their leisure.

You can also replay most of our talks on our Archives Media Player, where our curated playlists will help you find talks of similar interest. Please be aware that it can take up to three months for past events to appear on our media player.

Common questions about booking and accessing our online events.