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Lectures, discussions, talks and other events presented by The National Archives of the United Kingdom.

The National Archives Podcast Series The National Archives

    • Documentary
    • 3.8, 57 Ratings

Lectures, discussions, talks and other events presented by The National Archives of the United Kingdom.

    The Fall of Wolsey

    The Fall of Wolsey

    490 years ago Thomas Wolsey – King Henry VIII’s former favourite – fell from grace following his failure to secure the king a divorce.

    This talk by Daniel Gosling examines the records held at The National Archives which detail this fall – from records relating to Wolsey’s failure to grant Henry an annulment, to the legal processes which sealed his fate.

    • 45 min
    How James Bond won the Cold War for Britain

    How James Bond won the Cold War for Britain

    Charlie Higson, author of the best-selling Young Bond books, discusses the genesis of 007 – James Bond, Ian Fleming’s life in the secret service, and how the Bond books and films relate to real world events.

    • 44 min
    On the trail of Klaus Fuchs, atomic spy

    On the trail of Klaus Fuchs, atomic spy

    Arguably the most important ‘atomic’ spy of the 20th century, Klaus Fuchs was a German physicist who worked on the British and US-led atomic projects of the Cold War era. In 1950, Fuchs was caught passing vital secrets to the Soviet Union and sentenced to 14 years’ imprisonment.
    Our exhibition curator Mark Dunton delves into Security Service files in our collection to uncover how the authorities managed to unmask Fuchs and secure his confession, and reveals a fascinating local connection with Kew.

    • 1 hr 6 min
    The legacy of secrecy: Experiences from the Stasi Records Archive

    The legacy of secrecy: Experiences from the Stasi Records Archive

    The East German Stasi had the reputation of being one of the most effective and repressive intelligence and secret police agencies ever to have existed, as they forced their methods for collecting information on their citizens.
    Thirty years after German citizens regained control from the Stasi in 1990, Dagmar Hovestädt – Head of Press at the Stasi Records Archive – explores this controversial corner of history. She explains also just how the Stasi Archive today manages its wealth of top secret material never meant for public eyes.

    • 49 min
    Security Service file release September 2019

    Security Service file release September 2019

    Professor Christopher Andrew, formerly official historian of MI5 and author of 'The Defence of the Realm: The Authorized History of MI5', introduces key files from the release of Security Service files to The National Archives in September 2019.

    • 19 min
    Lawrence, of Arabia and beyond

    Lawrence, of Arabia and beyond

    T E Lawrence’s role in the First World War is best remembered as that of a young, dashing officer leading the Arab Revolt in white billowing robes. This talk by The National Archives’ Overseas Records Specialist, Dr Juliette Desplat, looks beyond hero worship, at lesser-known aspects of Lawrence’s war – and some of his failures.

    • 42 min

Customer Reviews

3.8 out of 5
57 Ratings

57 Ratings

Kathytre ,

More volume please!

Echoing other reviews. The content is excellent, but really hard to hear while out and about, even in full volume. Otherwise you would have got five stars!

BrommersBrian ,

Volume, please

Just to repeat what others have said. Love the content. Learning many things in this series. Interesting and engaging. Unfortunately, the sound volume is poor and even on full volume on my headphones, I still hear the rest of the train carriage louder than the excellent speaker (on their radio mike?).

hanoi splash ,

Outstanding

I am amazed this podcast is not more popular. There is a superb variety of brilliant and interesting lectures on a diverse range of topics. It has been a delight to find and I am having a wonderful time picking through the past episodes.

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