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Online exhibitions

You can look at some of our records on the internet thanks to our online exhibitions. The displays cover various periods using photographs, documents and film. Find out how a violent crime was investigated in medieval England; take a stroll round Tudor Hackney, or read accounts of the Dambusters raid written by the airmen who returned.

Full list of exhibitions:     by name    by historical period


Featured exhibitions


Enjoy some of the classic treasures of The National Archives, collected over 1000 years of British history.
Go to the Treasures exhibition


Cabinet papersCabinet papers

Search or browse more than 60 years' worth of cabinet papers from 1915-1978.

Go to Cabinet papers


Public Information FilmsPublic Information Films

The selection of films from 1945 -2006 features some fascinating events from Britain's post-war history
Go to the Secrets & Spies exhibitions


The Art of WarThe Art of War

'Dig for victory', 'Keep mum', 'Careless talk' and 'Back them up'! A unique gallery of cartoons, sketches, paintings and concept art that mobilised these slogans for Britain's war effort.
Go to the Dambusters exhibition


First World WarFirst World War

A valuable research tool to trace ancestors who served in the First World War and create a wider understanding of the global nature of war and its consequences.
Go to the First World War exhibition


British BattlesBritish Battles

From Crimea (1854) to Korea (1951) - a selection of four British battles. This exhibition uses documents, images and text to describe how and why Britain was at war.
Go to the Black Presence exhibition