Lectures, discussions, talks and other events presented by The National Archives of the United Kingdom.
Annual Digital Lecture 2020: The death of anonymity in the age of identity
The global datafication of economy, society and politics has rendered humans into constellations of datapoints. Technologies measure, monitor, predict and classify to enable personalization in the online and offline worlds alike, and we are increasingly offered bespoke realities: advertising, healthcare, government services, and recommendations uniquely targeted to us. The price is persistent identification: everywhere we […]
Cholera! Public health in mid-19th century Britain
The 1848-1849 cholera epidemic in England and Wales was described by a government report as if a ‘foreign army’ had ‘held possession of the country, and slain 53,293 men, women and children’. In the mid-19th century the country faced an epidemic of filth; poorly drained, overcrowded towns created an environment ripe for diseases like typhus […]
The rise and fall of Thomas Cromwell
Diarmaid MacCulloch, Emeritus Professor of the History of the Church at the University of Oxford and Fellow of St Cross College, introduces his ground-breaking biography of Thomas Cromwell, the self-made statesman who married his son to King Henry VIII’s sister-in-law, re-shaped Tudor England and Ireland, and sent the kingdom on a Protestant course for centuries. […]
Who dares wins: Britain 1979-1982
In this talk to mark the latest volume of his epic history of post-war Britain, television presenter and best-selling author Dominic Sandbrook recreates the strange world of early 1980s, taking in everything from Margaret Thatcher, Ian Botham and Spandau Ballet, to the Falklands War, the Sinclair Spectrum and the Sony Walkman.
Rebecca Gowers and The Scoundrel Harry Larkyns
Rebecca Gowers uncovered a fascinating story within her family tree – that of Harry Larkyns. She learnt that Harry was an attractive cad who lived a charmed life, right up until the moment he fell in love with the wife of noted photographer, Eadweard Muybridge. In this ‘Meet the Author’ event (recorded over Zoom), Rebecca […]
Trevor Barnes and Dead Doubles
Trevor Barnes is the author of a new study of one of the Cold War’s most notorious spy cases – the Portland Spy Ring. In this ‘Meet the Author’ talk, Trevor is joined by Professor Chris Andrew of Cambridge University to discuss his latest book, Dead Doubles.
British social history and detailed genealogical information
This podcast will be of particular interest to people researching ancestors who emigrated from Britain. Many of the podcasts present very detailed information on where genealogical information might be located including some very difficult records such as births, marriages, and deaths at sea. In addition, some podcasts are devoted to social history topics - the Workhouse episode was rather depressing, but extremely interesting and full of the sort of detail which makes it easy to imagine the desperate conditions which existed for certain members of society and allows us to place ancestors in the context of the times in which they lived.
Fascinating and specialized
The National Security releases are completely riveting as were all the lectures on the Cold War: informative, filled with details, zero cant. The speakers are good, the subjects interesting, the value of National Archive undisputed but this opening of the drawer so the public can experioence the riches? Great and worthy.
The last podcast was over a month ago.
British Bobby to Hong Kong Copper
My favorite episode. I'll be honest history does put me to sleep, but I learn 10 to 15 minutes of history before I go. The next night I'll just forward about 10 mins to catch up until I finish. Thanks for doing all that you do.