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

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    • Maatschappij & cultuur

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

    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 u. 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.
    Culture Clash? Pop in a royal park

    Culture Clash? Pop in a royal park

    Fifty years ago, the Rolling Stones gave a concert in Hyde Park that turned into a memorial to founding member Brian Jones. It was an event that passed into legend. But back in 1968, when Peter Jenner, manager of Pink Floyd, wrote to the authorities asking for permission to hold a concert in Hyde Park, he received a negative reply, which he described as ‘crusty’.

    So how did it come to pass that a whole series of pop concerts was held in this royal park between 1968 and 1969? Find out in this talk with Contemporary Records Specialist Mark Dunton.

    • 35 min.
    Summer Lecture Series 2019: Information at War – the Ministry of Information, 1936-1946

    Summer Lecture Series 2019: Information at War – the Ministry of Information, 1936-1946

    The Ministry of Information was established by a government which recognised that the understanding and morale of the civilian population in the UK – and elsewhere – was critical to a successful outcome. To this end the Ministry used every form of communication available to it, including newspapers, comics, radio, films, even model aeroplane kits.

    Join Professor Simon Eliot, Professor Emeritus of the History of the Book, University of London, as he explores the difficult early years of the Ministry and its bid to win public confidence.

    This talk is part of The National Archives’ Summer Lecture Series, exploring the theme ‘State and Society: Cultures of Communication’.

    • 45 min.

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