Early 20th Century 1901-1918

Read original documents relating to Suffragettes, the Russian Revolution and the First World War. Cabinet papers, battle plans, maps and unit war diaries chronicle the conflict between Europe’s great powers.

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All on board!

What can we learn from old board games?
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All pals together

Would you like to meet our tommy, Henry Fairhurst?
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Cats and mice

What tactics were used by suffragettes, police and government?
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Child migration

Why were children sent to Canada in 1869-1913?

Codes and Secret Messages

What do the documents reveal about codes and secret messages?


What is this curious object?

Disaster at Sea

How can we find out about significant events in the past?
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From Outbreak to Archive: Tales of Public Health

What do the documents reveal about how government and society dealt with public health in the past?
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From the Front

How typical was Albert Edwin Rippington’s experience of war?
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General Haig

Butcher of the Somme or hero of Amiens?
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How we were taught

What was school like 100 years ago?
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Jutland: Death at sea

Were lives wasted when the Indefatigable sank?
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Life aboard the Titanic

Who travelled on the fateful maiden voyage?
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Loyalty and dissent

How did Indian soldiers respond to the First World War?
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Medicine on the Western Front

How can we find out about medical treatment in the First World War?
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Mental Health on Record

What do the documents reveal about the understanding of mental health in the past?
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Rebels in the records

What can we learn from documents that show how people ‘rebelled’ in the past?
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Suffragettes through government eyes

What do government records reveal about the suffrage movement?

The Beautiful Game

What can our documents reveal about an incredible sports match?
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The Sinking of the Titanic

Why were so many lives lost in the disaster?
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The South African War

How did the British conduct war in 1899-1902?
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Travel smart through time (SEND)

How and why have people travelled around in the past and how have they done it safely?
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Uncovering the past

How can we use photographs to find out about the past?
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Walter Tull

How can we use sources to find out about him?
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Zeppelin raids

How did First World War Zeppelin raids affect British civilians?