Posts Tagged ‘National Archives’

Olympic Archive

July 20, 2012

Only 1 week to go to the start of the London 2012 Olympics. If you are starting to feel the Olympic fever then why not check out the Olympic Record from the National Archives. It contains hundreds of historic photos and documents relating to the Games which are held in the National Archives. These have been made available online for the first time in a beautifully designed website full of fascinating things to discover.


Decimal Day

February 15, 2011

Today marks forty years since the United Kingdom switched to a decimal currency system, a change from the pounds, shillings and pence that had been in use since Anglo-Saxon times. Here is a Public Information 
Film from the National Archives to tell people about the new system:

Names and archives and all…

July 7, 2009

Following on from the visit to the National Archives at Kew last week, TOTD was ‘filing’ info on a newly ‘discovered’ great-great-great grandfather only to notice a certificate of baptism from 25 years ago this very day.  To mark the occasion (in a Nigerian river as it happened), here are some websites sent in by someone inspired by last week’s visit to the Archives:

Etymology of Christian names:


History, ethnicity, ranking UK names:

The National Archives

June 30, 2009

If Library staff are a bit thin on the ground today, it’s because some have gone on a summer visit to Kew:

and if that doesn’t grab you, perhaps this section will:

or if even that is too real, maybe: