The National Archives of the Public Record Office house a unique collection of documents, from the Domesday Book to recent government papers. Special events and exhibitions are used to bring historical material to life. Many fascinating documents are displayed according to themes. Past themes have included a seafaring display, showing the Battle of Trafalgar Action Plan, Captain Cook's log for the first voyage of the Resolution, and Captain Bligh's log for the Bounty.
The Archives also offer a valuable resource for those interested in the genealogy of their families. Many books on this subject are available from the book shop. Perhaps family genealogy is the way that many of us experience the fascination of history. I recall going to a family wedding, and noticing many people rather like myself around me. I seemed to be part of something bigger. On a grander scale I think studying history in general can give the same kind of feeling. The National Archives would offer great scope for all kinds of historical exploration.
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Address: The National Archives, Kew, Richmond, Surrey TW9 4DU
Directions: The National Archives is off Ruskin Avenue, Kew, Richmond, Surrey, half a mile south of Kew Bridge on the South Circular Road. There is ample car parking. Kew Gardens is the nearest Underground station, the journey from central London taking about forty minutes. Click here for an interactive map centred on the National Archives.
Access: There is a lift to all floors. There are toilets for both holders and non-holders of RADAR keys.
telephone: 020 8876 3444