Online Events

What’s Online: Free talks, webinars and live Q&As

Although our building is closed to the public, our exciting online programme of talks and webinars are free for everyone and, as always, delivered by our experts and specialists.
Browse all the What’s Online talks and Top Level Tips webinars below and register for as many as you like.

Please note that all our online talks are presented using the FLOW platform. In order to attend this online event you will need either the latest version on Google Chrome or the latest version of Mozilla Firefox. Internet Explorer and Safari for MacOS are not currently supported by FLOW.

You can register and attend the event on Android mobile devices using the latest version of Android and the Google Chrome browser. IOS is not currently supported.

Online talks
Including live Q&A with the speaker

‘We need to buck ourselves up a bit!’: British propaganda of the Second World War
10 July | 14:00 to 15:00
Katherine Howells examines the development of visual propaganda during the Second World War and tells the stories behind the most famous campaigns and images.

Dunkirk: From the archives to Hollywood
17 July | 14:00 to 15:00
Joshua Levine discusses the many years of historical research and true narrative accounts which he contributed to the story that formed the basis of the 2017 Hollywood screenplay, Dunkirk.

Restoring Charles II, 1660
31 July | 14:00 to 15:00
Neil Johnston charts how Charles II secured his kingdoms and re-established himself and his government across the Stuart territories in 1660, using unique examples from our collection.

Bordeaux and the Brits: Online wine tasting
4 August | 20:00 to 21:00
In our first ever online wine tasting, tutor Pippa Hayward dips into England’s historical involvement with Bordeaux, while showcasing the exciting range of wines that modern Bordeaux produces.

The Gin Craze
8 August | 14:00 to 15:00
Emma Major delivers this highly illuminating talk on 18th Century gin crazes. Meet gin-dispensing cats and Old Toms, as you learn who drank gin and how, and why there was a gin craze.

‘You cannot put stinking fish into beer’: the controversies of brewing science around 1800
14 August | 14:00 to 15:00
James Sumner (Manchester University) discusses the challenges that brewers faced in promoting new innovations to an often justifiably suspicious public.

Audacious raids: Operations Grouse, Freshman, Swallow and Gunnerside
4 September | 14:00 to 15:00
Juliette Desplat examines the four operations carried out by SOE and the Norwegian Resistance in Norway in 1942-1943, that wrecked Nazi plans for an atom bomb.

Out in the City: Queer Club culture in London, 1918–1967
18 September | 14:00 to 15:00
Victoria Iglikowski-Broad reveals some of the clandestine LGBTQ+ spaces that were raided and closed by police, and the covert methods of communication that had to be relied upon in 1918-1967.

Top Level Tips webinars

Top Level Tips: Using Discovery
14 July | 14:00-14:30
Learn our top tips for using our catalogue, Discovery. Within half an hour you will come away with all of the tools needed to make the most of the catalogue for your research.

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Top Level Tips: Discovering your local history
21 July | 14:00-14:30

Top Level Tips: Discovering your family history
11 August | 14:00 to 14:30
Join our expert-led webinar that will give you guide you through all the basics to get started with discovering your family history within half an hour.

Top Level Tips: Using Discovery
18 August | 14:00 to 14:30
Learn our top tips for using our catalogue, Discovery. Within half an hour you will come away with all of the tools needed to make the most of the catalogue for your research.

Top Level Tips: First World War army records
8 September | 14:00 to 14:30
Find out how to start researching First World War army records, or a specific person listed on your local war memorial, in this this short expert-led webinar.

Top Level Tips: Using Discovery
15 September | 14:00 to 14:30
Learn our top tips for using our catalogue, Discovery. Within half an hour you will come away with all of the tools needed to make the most of the catalogue for your research.

In case you missed it…

We are working to make our talks available on our Archives Media Player for those who are unable to attend. Here you can discover all our previous talks and podcasts in one place.