Monday, 2 June 2014

National Archive Podcast (22)

I love history at a local, national and world levels. The National Archives contain some interesting records of British Imperialism around the world. There are also important records relating to life in the united kingdom. These records can also be used by anyone who is interested in genealogy. The documents come in all forms. I like to listen to the research outcomes in the form of lectures as the archives come under greater and greater scrutiny. The files are captured in MP3 format. There is obviously a bias towards history and family history in my choices.
Dr. John Shaw discusses Victorian attitudes to the poor and how they developed over the 19th century. As the Church tried to decide whether charity was the solution or part of the problem, Victorian science afraid of 'degeneration' in Britain began to suggest some sinister solutions of its own. Click Here to listen.
Tim Hitchcock discusses work to make complex trial accounts fully searchable by key word and location on The Old Bailey Online. Click Here to listen.
For over 100 years, from 1796 to 1903, the Inland Revenue maintained a series of registers recording the payments of death duties. These registers are now held by The National Archives and represent one of family history’s best kept secrets. This talk looks at the surviving records in detail and explains how they can be used to uncover some fascinating facts about the lives and times of our 19th century ancestors. Click Here to listen.
References in the public records to coronations date back to the late 12th century spanning almost the entire length of continuous records held in The National Archives. Initially, the records simply provided financial information or a note that a new king had come to the throne. However, as the state sought to make this religious ceremony more ‘official’, the records were considerably expanded and better stored to ensure correct procedure. It was also important that precedent was strictly followed and that there should be no unnecessary delay. This talk looks as the records of the most significant changes and events in the history of the coronation and also at such matters as claims to participate in the service, the regalia, music, seating arrangements and even traffic control. Click Here to listen.

 This is the last item in the current series of podcasts from the National Archive.

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