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February 2018

The changing face of Kew

February 6 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
The National Archives, Ruskin Avenue
Richmond, Surrey TW9 4DU United Kingdom
Free

Paul Davies, Operations Director for The National Archives and a resident of Kew, will talk about the history of The National Archives’ site.

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Spanish Flu: the global pandemic

February 8 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
The National Archives, Ruskin Avenue
Richmond, Surrey TW9 4DU United Kingdom
Free

As the First World War raged across Europe, the globe was struck by another, quieter, but equally deadly affliction – influenza.

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Suffragette

February 9 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
The National Archives, Ruskin Avenue
Richmond, Surrey TW9 4DU United Kingdom
£8

We invite you to a special screening of Suffragette, with a chance to explore some of the fascinating original documents related to the film.

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The Time Travel Club – Pirates in the arrrchives

February 13 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
The National Archives, Ruskin Avenue
Richmond, Surrey TW9 4DU United Kingdom
£7.50

Come and join us for some swashbuckling fun, with records about real-life pirates of the Caribbean!

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The Time Travel Club – Badges, buttons and ‘behaving badly’

February 15 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
The National Archives, Ruskin Avenue
Richmond, Surrey TW9 4DU United Kingdom
£7.50

Uncover the fascinating stories of women who were prepared to risk everything to win the vote.

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Did militancy help or hinder the fight for the franchise

February 20 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
The National Archives, Ruskin Avenue
Richmond, Surrey TW9 4DU United Kingdom
£10

By 1912, militancy associated with the Suffragette movement hit its peak, with regular arson attacks, window-smashing campaigns and targeting of MPs’ houses.

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Elizabeth’s rival

February 22 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
The National Archives, Ruskin Avenue
Richmond, Surrey TW9 4DU United Kingdom
£7.50

Elizabeth’s Rival, written by British historian Nicola Tallis, is the first ever biography of the extraordinary Lettice Knollys, Countess of Leicester.

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Behind the scenes tour

February 23 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
The National Archives, Ruskin Avenue
Richmond, Surrey TW9 4DU United Kingdom
£10

We are opening the doors of The National Archives' repositories to offer you the chance to go behind the scenes.

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March 2018

Digital archives of the future

March 1 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
The National Archives, Ruskin Avenue
Richmond, Surrey TW9 4DU United Kingdom
Free

To mark 40 years since The National Archives moved to Kew, our Digital Director John Sheridan will look ahead to some of the digital challenges that archives will face in the coming 40 years.

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The Time Travel Club – Victorian child criminals

March 3 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
The National Archives, Ruskin Avenue
Richmond, Surrey TW9 4DU United Kingdom
£7.50

Discover the world of Victorian crime, viewed through the eyes of a child.

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Richmond Divided, The Great Chertsey Road

March 7 @ 6:45 pm - 9:00 pm
The National Archives, Ruskin Avenue
Richmond, Surrey TW9 4DU United Kingdom
£5

Paul Velluet, President of the Richmond Local History Society, Chartered Architect and former Assistant Regional Director of English heritage, has kindly agreed to give a talk to The Kew Society entitled “Richmond Divided”, on the building of the A316 that promises to be both fascinating and enlightening.

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UFO files at The National Archives

March 8 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
The National Archives, Ruskin Avenue
Richmond, Surrey TW9 4DU United Kingdom
£7.50

Originally set up after a request from Winston Churchill, the Ministry of Defence’s UFO Desk ran for over 60 years, collating mysterious sightings and records of strange objects in the sky.

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The parish: records and administration

March 13 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
The National Archives, Ruskin Avenue
Richmond, Surrey TW9 4DU United Kingdom
£5

For hundreds of years the parish was the most important unit of local government. This talk covers the historical administration of the parish, its officials and their records.

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Rise Up Women! The remarkable lives of the suffragettes

March 15 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
The National Archives, Ruskin Avenue
Richmond, Surrey TW9 4DU United Kingdom
£5

On 6 February 1918, after 50 years of campaigning, British women were finally granted the vote. History was further made when, in 1919, Lady Nancy Astor became the first female MP in the House of Commons.

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Finding and using family history records

March 16 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
The National Archives, Ruskin Avenue
Richmond, Surrey TW9 4DU United Kingdom
£5

Most family history research is based on the major record sources: birth, marriage and death records, census, parish registers and wills.

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Female agents of the Second World War

March 20 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
The National Archives, Ruskin Avenue
Richmond, Surrey TW9 4DU United Kingdom
£5

Women of the Special Operations Executive French Section underwent a rigorous training regime for work in enemy-occupied France, during the Second World War.

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Disabled British Army Great War veterans across the empire, 1918-1939

March 22 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
The National Archives, Ruskin Avenue
Richmond, Surrey TW9 4DU United Kingdom
£5

Over one million British men were disabled by disease or injury during the First World War.

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The Time Travel Club – Second World War spies

March 24 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
The National Archives, Ruskin Avenue
Richmond, Surrey TW9 4DU United Kingdom
£7.50

Investigate the life and experiences of Second World War spy Karl Richter.

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Locating London’s suffrage legacy

March 28 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
The National Archives, Ruskin Avenue
Richmond, Surrey TW9 4DU United Kingdom
Free

Spaces relating to suffrage in London are varied and, in some cases, no longer standing. Yet, they are key in understanding the city’s deep and strong relationship with women’s suffrage.

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Behind the scenes tour

March 30 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
The National Archives, Ruskin Avenue
Richmond, Surrey TW9 4DU United Kingdom
£10

We are opening the doors of The National Archives' repositories to offer you the chance to go behind the scenes.

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