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View our entire online programme of free talks, webinars and family events in date order.

What’s Online this spring

SOLD OUT: Alison Weir: Katheryn Howard – The Tainted Queen
14 April | 19:30
Alison Weir discusses the fifth novel in her Tudor Queens series, as she sheds light on Henry’s ‘rose without a thorn’ fifth wife and teenage bride, Katheryn Howard, her hidden past which came back to haunt her and how her life was cut short.

Top Level Tips: Using Discovery
13 April | 14:00
Join our experts online for top tips on using Discovery, our online catalogue which allows you to download 100 free records a month. Within half an hour you will come away with all of the tools needed to make the most of the catalogue for your research.

More tickets added: The Poet’s Tale: Geoffrey Chaucer and The Canterbury Tales
16 April | 14:00
Discover Geoffrey Chaucer – one of the greatest poets in the English language – and dig a little deeper into the true story of Chaucer’s life, and the people and places that inspired his work. This talk will be presented by our records specialist Euan Roger and Henry Eliot – author of The Penguin Classics Book. 

My name is Why: In conversation with Lemn Sissay
23 April | 14:00
In this highly anticipated event, author and broadcaster Lemn Sissay will give a reading from his Sunday Times bestseller, My Name is Why. In reflecting on childhood in care, self-expression and Britishness, Lemn invites you to explore the institutional care system, race, family and the meaning of home.

Top Level Tips: Merchant Navy Records
27 April | 14:00
Do you have an ancestor who was in the Merchant Navy, or are you looking for records of your own service? In this short expert-led webinar, you will get an overview of the Merchant Navy records that we hold and come away with our top tips to begin your research.

Selling out: Once British, always British: A live audio-play experience
29 April | 19:00
Experience two 30-minute audio dramas exploring migration to British port cities by Yemeni and Indian sailors during the 1920s. Produced by Tamasha Theatre, each story is inspired by real material uncovered at The National Archives. Includes a live Q&A with the playwrights.

Once British, always British: A live audio-play experience
4 May | 14:00
Experience two 30-minute audio dramas exploring migration to British port cities by Yemeni and Indian sailors during the 1920s. Produced by Tamasha Theatre, each story is inspired by real material uncovered during a writing residency at The National Archives. Includes a live Q&A with the playwrights.