Aims of the workshop

  • Attendees will understand strengths of TNA collection (beyond the Western Front)
  • Attendees will have confidence and capability to use TNA catalogue and collection
  • Attendees will understand what material is best placed to answer what questions
  • Attendees will be aware of the fronts outside of Europe


Suitable for half- or full-day attendance. Please RSVP.


9.30 – 10.30    : Volunteers arrive and register as TNA readers

10.30 – 12.30  : Introduction and Expert-led talks

12.30 – 13.30   :  Lunch and ordering of documents

13.30 – 15.00   :  Independent research

15.00                  :  Convergence

16.00                  :  Close – option for further independent research if volunteers wish

Morning schedule (10.30 – 12.30)
Introduction (10 mins)

Vicky (TNA) (20 mins with time to view documents)

  • Voices – who tells the South Asian stories?
  • How do you hear diverse voices in a government archive?
  • How does TNA interlink with other collections, if we wish to see all perspectives?
  • Reliability of source material?
  • An interesting record(s) shared

James (TNA) (20 mins with time to view documents)

  • What kind of WW1 records does TNA hold?
  • Researching WW1 military history at the National Archives – what are the Archives’ strengths and what questions might you answer at TNA?
  • What is the relationship between different sources – i.e. how does the chain of command manifest itself in documentation?
  • How to follow a regiment’s story and an individual’s story
  • An interesting record(s) shared

Iqbal/ Louise/ Karim (TNA) (10 mins each)

  • Miscellaneous insights from the TNA archive

William (TNA) (10 mins)

  • An interesting record(s) shared

Dan (TNA) (10 mins)

  • East Africa, the role played by Indian troops and the records
  • An interesting record(s) shared

Conclusion (10 mins)