Writing letters, making boxes: creative responses to archives

Writing letters, making boxes: creative responses to archives

When Indian troops first arrived in France from the end of September 1914, they were greeted with flowers and gifts, a signal that the French were very grateful for their…See all stories on this topic

Ships, trains, submarines and the element of surprise

Having worked at The National Archives for some time now, I have come to realise that the information you are seeking may not always be found in the most obvious sources….See all stories on this topic

Ticking off the Christmas lists

Just like the kids whining from the back seat ‘Are we there yet?’ (showing my age I suspect: children today are probably little mice, thumbs a-flutter, absorbed in their phones),…See all stories on this topic

What was rail travel like in 1830?

Today we tend to take the railways for granted. If we talk about them at all it is usually to complain about trains being late, overcrowded, or cancelled. Train travel…See all stories on this topic

Battle of Madagascar 1845

On 15 June 1845, three Men-of-War (two French and one British) attacked the fort and town of Tamatave in Madagascar. The attack has been described as Britain’s shortest war, but in…See all stories on this topic

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