Visit the National Archives, Kew

The National Archives is home to millions of historical documents covering a huge range of subjects, including more than 70,000 images, from ancient maps to iconic advertising. The building houses records which have been created and collected by UK central government departments such as the Home Office and the Foreign Office, and major courts of law such as the Central Criminal Court. The National Archive is a unique resource for those interested in the history of the United Kingdom.

For a full list of the services they offer, see the National Archives website (see link below).

Programme of events

The National Archives has an excellent programme of events about the full range of subjects covered by their collection, with special activities for children, particularly in school holidays. The Time Travel Club offers children the opportunity to ‘Travel with us to discover significant people from the past. From Tudor monarchs and Guy Fawkes, to the fight for suffrage and the role of spies during the Second World War, fascinating stories about the lives of people who helped to shape history can be found in our files’.

Adult events could be about anything from ‘Henry VIII and the break with Rome’ to a talk on Sylvia Pankhurst, wartime spies or the partition of India.

The reading rooms at the archive are open 9.00 am to 7.00 pm on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday and 9.00 am to 5.00 pm on Tuesday and Thursday.

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