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PAST Skills & Methodology Workshop: Modern Overseas and Defence

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The National Archives

Bessant Drive

Richmond

TW9 4DU

United Kingdom

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This workshop is designed to develop the knowledge and experience of students undertaking research on records relating to international and military history (1782-present).

Day one will focus on developing expertise in finding records in The National Archives and elsewhere. You will learn how best to use the advanced search functionality in Discovery, our catalogue, and what to do when online searches do not return you the results you expect. We will introduce some tips and tricks for archival research which will help you maximise your time in the archives, including the use of online resources such as Cabinet Papers online, how to build a database and how to records and cite sources.

In the afternoon students will focus on either the records of the Foreign Office or those of the Colonial and Dominions Offices and learn how they can be explored using contemporary registers and indexes. To finish off the day, students will be offered an opportunity to apply those skills themselves in the Reading Rooms during an optional assisted research session taking the form of practical exercises with an opportunity to present and discuss findings with members of staff and other attendees.

The second day will look at Britain’s involvement in world affairs through her military involvement overseas. Students can choose from two sessions: how to use the Admiralty Indexes and Digests, which are the method of entry into the Admiralty correspondence, minutes, case papers and official histories; or Overseas Campaigns from the mid 18th Century up to the late 20th, to find out how British Military intervention around the world has influenced the modern world and shaped Britain. The second session of the morning will look either at Military maps, from the great Charts made by the admiralty through to the Ordnance Survey and the maps that show the trenches of WW1, or Military and Naval Intelligence, looking at how information is as vital as men and machines both in war and peace.

At the end of the course you will have an understanding of how some of the registry systems of the great departments of state work, and how to apply this knowledge to make the most of research using original documents held at The National Archives, and beyond.

This event is aimed at current taught postgraduate and PhD students. The workshop is held over two days on site at The National Archives. Tea and coffee at registration and lunch on both days are provided.

For more information about the PAST programme please see The National Archives' website or email past@nationalarchives.gsi.gov.uk.

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Programme

Day 1 (Tuesday 23 January)

09:00 Registration and coffee (provided)

09:30 Welcome and introductions

09:45 Discovery: how to use our online catalogue

10:30 Online resources, databases and catalogues

11:00 Break

11:30 Practical exercises

12:30 Lunch (provided)

13:15 Colonial and Dominions Office indexes and registers I

OR

Foreign Office indexes and registers I

14:45 Break

15:00 Colonial and Dominions Office indexes and registers II

OR

Foreign Office indexes and registers II

16:30 Document ordering for evening session

16:45 Wrap up and feedback

17:00 Optional practical evening session

19:00 End of day one

Day 2 (Wednesday 24th January)

09:00 Admiralty indexes and registers

OR

Overseas Campaigns

10:30 Break

11:00 Military and Naval Intelligence

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Military maps

12:30 Lunch (provided)

13:30 Reading room practical I

15:00 Break

15:30 Reading room practical II

16:00 Presentations on research exercises, questions and round up discussions

17:00 Close

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