Workshop: Colonial lives and careers - tracing individuals in the records of the Colonial Office I Dr Daniel Gilfoyle
Saturday, 8 November 2014 from 10:00 to 13:00 (GMT)
Kew, United Kingdom
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
This event is part of our themed programme. Diplomacy is at the heart of all human interaction. Whether between international states and colonies, monarchs and their ministers, the major players in the theatres of war, kith and kin, or friends and enemies: diplomacy - or lack of it - will play its part. This programme of events aims to reflect the broad spectrum of interpretations of historical diplomacy and the art of peace-making.
Because of the sheer size of the British Empire by the end of the nineteenth, the Colonial Office came to hold a huge collection of documents, many produced in the colonies but now held at The National Archives, on British colonies throughout the world. Individuals in very large numbers appear throughout the documents in correspondence, reports, parliamentary papers and listings. The workshop will give an overview of Colonial Office records and their structure and content. Using original documents and the online catalogue, participants will learn how to explore the various classes of Colonial Office and related records, such as government gazettes, registers of correspondence and the sessional papers of colonial parliaments.
Dr Daniel Gilfoyle studied history at the Universities of the Witwatersrand, London and Oxford. He came to The National Archives to work on the Cabinet Papers Online is now a Diplomatic and Colonial Records Specialist at The National Archives, with a particular interest in Colonial Office, Foreign Office and Cabinet records. He has published on the history of science in the colonies, particularly in Africa.
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The National Archives
The National Archives is the UK government's official archive, containing over 1,000 years of history.
We give detailed guidance to government departments and the public sector on information management and advise others about the care of historical archives.