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On the Record at The National Archives

12 EpisodesProduced by The National ArchivesWebsite

With Love. In our latest mini-series we’re re-reading famous love letters preserved in our archives and reading between the lines of less obviously romantic records to discover the love-stories of everyday people from the last 500 years.History is everywhere in popular culture. But the truth is hard… read more

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Sacrifices for Love

May 21st, 2020


In 1936, Edward VIII abdicated the throne of England to be with the woman he loved. It’s widely considered to be one of the greatest love stories of the 20th century. But is it really? A century earlier, an elderly …

Love Divided

May 7th, 2020


In 1588, Queen Elizabeth received a letter from her friend the Earl of Leicester just a few days before he died. She kept the letter by her bed for the next 15 years. In 1919, a Jamaican sailor named James Gillespie was …

Disappointed and Forbidden Love

April 23rd, 2020


A love struck medieval clerk writing out romantic lyrics as he daydreams, a gay man in the 1930s who tears up a letter to his lover to hide it from …

Series 3 Trailer: Love

April 19th, 2020


With Love. In our latest mini-series we’re re-reading famous love letters preserved in our archives and reading between the lines of less obviously romantic records to discover the love-stories of everyday people from …

Resist: Black Power in the Courtroom

January 29th, 2020


In 1965, Britain passed the Race Relations Act, which made it illegal to refuse service on the basis of race. To some, it looked like progress, while some anti-racist activists were critical. In this episode, we’re …

Reform: Violence and the Struggle for Suffrage

January 22nd, 2020


The campaign for women’s suffrage is often characterised by its militant factions and leaders like Emmeline Pankhurst who used bombs and destruction of property to get their message across. That characterisation is …

Revolt: The Story of England’s First Protest

January 15th, 2020


In 1990, a march in protest of the government’s poll tax turned violent as police and marchers clashed. The Poll Tax Riots became one of the most …

Series 2 Trailer: Protest

January 10th, 2020


What would you do to change the status quo? In our newest three-part series we're sharing stories of protest. Using the records in our archive, we've …

Double Agents and Double Standards

May 16th, 2019


The Cambridge Five are perhaps the most infamous spy ring of the 20th century. They worked their way into the upper ranks of British Intelligence in order to spy for the Soviets, betraying their country and causing the …

Lawrence and Bell

May 9th, 2019


The exploits of T.E. Lawrence are legendary. Thanks to the famous film Lawrence of Arabia, millions around the world know about his time spying and fighting in the Middle East during the First World War...or at least …

Archetype of a Spy

May 1st, 2019


Right now, as you read this description, a spy is gathering intelligence, reading classified information, and hiding in plain sight. But what do spies actually look like? What do they do? What motivates them to enter …

S01 Trailer: Spies

April 9th, 2019


History is everywhere in our popular culture. But the truth is harder to find.

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