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FGSJ The National Archives Jamaican Collection Private Tour

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The National Archives

Bessant Drive

Kew

Richmond

TW9 4DU

United Kingdom

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Join the FGSJ on this wonderful opportunity to get an exclusive and personal look at some of the country’s greatest Jamaican archives at the National Archives.

You will have the chance to get a closer look at the Georgian Jamaican collection at the National Archives from the 1720s to the 1830s through a selection of records including wills, newspapers, prints and photographs. Sift fact from fiction by comparing contemporary transcripts of the trials of famous pirates (including Calico Jack Rackam, Ann Bonny, and Mary Read) with popular accounts in current tourist literature. Peruse the wills of wealthy landowners such as the Barretts to learn more about the land they controlled and their legacies today, including iconic buildings and place names.  Read snippets from The Watchman – the first newspaper owned by men of colour – to discover opinions on hot topics of the day such as Sam Sharpe and the 'Christmas Uprising'.

Tea and coffee will be served upon arrival followed by the insider's look at the Jamaican collections with Ayshah Johnston, doctoral researcher and author, followed by a hands-on session and discussion. Following the talk, there will be the opportunity to look around the National Archives exhibitions at your own pace and register for readers' tickets. Those who wish are welcome to gather in the National Archives café for a communal lunch at their own discretion. The Royal Botanical Garden at Kew is nearby for those who would like to visit the gardens afterwards. Please note: the cost of lunch is not included.

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Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

Please bring photo ID to event. Readers Cards can be made available for those who wish to have one.

What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?

The National Archive is fully accessible to disabled visitors. See more information about access for disabled people.

The nearest stations are Kew Gardens, which is served by the District tube line and the London Overground line, and Kew Bridge, served by South West Trains.

Bus

The R68 bus route (from Hampton Court via Richmond) terminates by the entrance to The National Archives. Other routes stopping nearby include:

  • 65 (Ealing to Kingston via Richmond), alight on Kew Road near Victoria Gate (15-minute walk)
  • 237 (Shepherd’s Bush to Hounslow Heath via Chiswick), alight at Kew Bridge (20-minute walk)
  • 267 (Hammersmith to Fulwell via Brentford), alight at Kew Bridge (20-minute walk)
  • 391 (Fulham to Richmond via Hammersmith), alight at Sandycombe Road near Kew Gardens station (10-minute walk)

Use the Transport for London (if travelling within London) and National Rail websites to plan your journey via public transport.

Limited parking is available. For sat navs use the postcode TW9 4AD (Bessant Drive).

What can I bring into the event

There are lockers available for storage but please no suitcases.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

Yes, please bring your printout or screen shot to the event.

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The National Archives

Bessant Drive

Kew

Richmond

TW9 4DU

United Kingdom

View Map

Refund Policy

No Refunds

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