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The National Archives holds one of the largest collections in the world, containing over 11 million historical government and public records. From Domesday Book to the Leveson Enquiry, our records offer students a myriad of untapped research opportunities across a wide range of time periods and disciplines.

With so many options, however, getting started in the archives can be a daunting prospect. Many students have questions which they are too afraid to ask. How will I know where to go? What do I need to bring with me? How do I find records for my research? How do I order documents? Do I need to use gloves? How can I be sure I'm not wasting my time?

It can often feel like you're the only one who doesn't know what you're doing, but it's not true!

To demystify the research process The National Archives has developed a programme of Postgraduate Archival Skills Training, PAST, providing students with the key skills and knowledge needed to undertake academic research using the archives.

This introduction day will explain how to get started with archival research, the importance of knowing the history and structure of a collection to navigate the records, and how to make the most of your time on site.

Sessions include an introduction to using Discovery, our online catalogue, a tour of the archives, and a display of some of the documents in our collection.

Students will also have the opportunity to identify, order, and view original documents for their research, guided by our record specialists.

For further details, please see the programme below.

This event is aimed at third year undergraduate and postgraduate students. Registration is £25, including refreshments on arrival and lunch.

If you have any questions or for more information, please see our website or email the team at past@nationalarchives.gov.uk


Programme

*One week in advance of the workshop you will receive an invitation to register for our online course 'About Archives'. Please take care to register and complete this course before attending as much of this information will not be included in the workshop itself. Full completion of the course and certification requires completion of this course*

09:00–10:00 Coffee & reader registration

  • Tea, coffee & pastries in the public restaurant area.
  • You will also need to use this time to register for a Reader’s Ticket in order to order documents later in the day. Reader registration can be busy so please give yourself plenty of time to do this.

10:00–10:15 Welcome & introductions

  • An introduction to the staff who will be looking after you and an explanation of the aims and objectives of the day.
  • You will be asked to introduce yourself to your fellow students and share your research interests.

10:15–10:30 Recap of ‘About Archives’

  • Recap of the online ‘About Archives’ session which students should have completed before the workshop

10:30–11:15 Behind the scenes tour

  • Tour of the reading rooms and introduction to the onsite resources available for your research.

11:15–12:00 Archival skills

  • How to plan and organise your archival research.
  • Introduction to using Discovery, our online catalogue.
  • How to order original documents at TNA.

12:00–13:00 Lunch

  • Lunch of sandwiches, crisps and fruit in the public restaurant area.

13:00–13:45 Finding and ordering documents

  • Practical session in the reading room to practice searching for documents useful to your research using Discovery, our online catalogue. Please bring laptops or other mobile devices if possible for this session.
  • You will be asked to order 2 or 3 documents to look at during the reading room practical during the afternoon session.

13:45–14:30 Drop in session - ‘Ask an Expert’ & document display

  • A chance to look at and handle some of the broad range of documents held at TNA, introduced and explained by our specialist staff.
  • You will have the opportunity to ask questions to specialist staff, and to pose questions for the round up session at the end of the day.
  • The room will remain open, and you will have the option to take a comfort break within this session.

14:30–15:30 Document Handling workshop

  • A workshop on how to handle documents safely, led by a member of the Collection Care department

15:30–16:30 Reading room practical & document handling

  • An opportunity to start your research with the documents ordered earlier during the day in the document reading rooms, with staff members on hand for guidance.

16:30–17:00 Round-up & questions

17:00–19:00 Optional research time (individual study)

TNA’s reading rooms will be open until 19:00, if you wish to continue your research after the workshop. Please note that this will be individual learning, and staff from the workshop will not be available.

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United Kingdom

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