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History is everywhere in popular culture. But the truth is harder to find.

On the Record is a podcast by The National Archives that takes a closer look at the stories you think you know. At The National Archives, we are the guardians of more than 11 million historical government and public records spanning a thousand years of British history. These original documents hold thousands of incredible stories...if you know where to look.

Join us for our first three-part series... a closer look at famous spies of British history. With the help of historians and record experts at The National Archives, we are going to use personnel files, secret government reports, and declassified correspondence to uncover the true stories of famous spies from King Alfred the Great to the Cambridge Five.

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    • 4.9, 11 Ratings

History is everywhere in popular culture. But the truth is harder to find.

On the Record is a podcast by The National Archives that takes a closer look at the stories you think you know. At The National Archives, we are the guardians of more than 11 million historical government and public records spanning a thousand years of British history. These original documents hold thousands of incredible stories...if you know where to look.

Join us for our first three-part series... a closer look at famous spies of British history. With the help of historians and record experts at The National Archives, we are going to use personnel files, secret government reports, and declassified correspondence to uncover the true stories of famous spies from King Alfred the Great to the Cambridge Five.

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
11 Ratings

11 Ratings

Lolly pops 567 ,

Fascinating and moving

So interesting to hear the reality of what spies do and the sort of people they are. The story of Noor Khan was so moving. What a strong, principled woman. I don’t think I could have done what she did, and I’m so grateful for the sacrifice she and her colleagues made.

AleksiMK ,

Brilliant! Really excited for this podcast!

On the Record offers a unique take on the role of intelligence, dispensing with many of the myths that so often surround the field. Looking forward to hearing what the National Archives have uncovered!

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