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PAST Introduction to Archival Research

  • The National Archives Kew Richmond TW9 4DU (map)

With so many options out there getting started with archival research can be a daunting prospect. Many students have questions which they are too afraid to ask. How will I know where to go? What do I need to bring with me? How do I find records for my research? How do I order documents? Do I need to use gloves? How can I be sure I'm not wasting my time? 

It can often feel like you're the only one who doesn't know what you're doing, but it's not true!

To demystify the research process The National Archives has developed a programme of Postgraduate Archival Skills Training, PAST, providing students with the key skills and knowledge needed to undertake academic research using the archives.

This introduction day will explain how to get started with archival research, the importance of knowing the history and structure of a collection to navigate the records, and how to make the most of your time on site.

Sessions include an introduction to using Discovery, our online catalogue, a tour of the archives, and a display of some of our iconic documents.

Refreshments on arrival and lunch are included.

Cost £15