The National Archives, Richmond

Government Building · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
The Education Service provides free online resources and taught sessions, supporting the National Curriculum for history from key stage 1 up to A-level. Visit our website to access the full range of our resources, from Domesday to Britain in the 1960s, and find out about more about our schools programme, including new professional development opportunities for teachers.

http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/education/



All taught sessions and online resources are based around an enquiry; students investigate the past through original documents, to reach their own conclusions based on the evidence. They work with documents in their raw state from a letter penned by Catherine Howard confessing her love for Thomas Culpepper, to a secret Foreign Office memo analysing Khrushchev's attitude to Berlin in 1961. This approach encourages students to ask questions, think critically and reflect on the way in which historians use evidence to find out about the past.
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  • Were lucky enough to visit on 1st Sunday in December when visiting Kew Gardens too. Set in beautiful grounds even on a wintry day, looked inviting. Very welcoming staff. Records room not open but...  more »
  • We came in here only for food as it was a convenient stopping place on our walk along the Thames. I had a very good vegetarian ciabatta which they heated up for me. My friends had meat pies with...  more »
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  • Lovely place with excellent staff. Relaxed atmosphere, even though it's full of amazing historical treasures. Great place to visit, set in nice grounds with a lake and picnic tables. I took my children (10 and 8) there, unsure as to what it would be like, and we all really enjoyed it. Interesting, educational day out for all the family.
  • Repository for UK historical documents, photos, maps. Lovely place just to drop in with library, cafe etc. Study the rules for obtaining and handling documents first. You should also understand how searching the catalogue works. There are Research Guides online for most areas of study. Marvelous resource if you have prepared first.
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