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Bring your students to The National Archives

Onsite workshops

Our workshops are run by qualified history teachers and fit the requirements of the National Curriculum for history, citizenship and literacy. We enable students of all ages and abilities to enjoy the challenge of finding and interpreting information from real historical sources. Most workshops are free of charge.

KS 1 & 2 workshops

KS 3 & 4 workshops


AS/A2 workshops

INSET sessions for teachers


Videoconference workshops

If you can't come to visit us, videoconference offers the perfect solution. If you have videoconference equipment and an ISDN line, your students can enjoy a virtual workshop with us.




Our small onsite museum features a selection of historic documents, including the oldest surviving public record, the Domesday Book.

Our most recent exhibitions include Movers and Shakers: Geoffrey Chaucer to Elton John' traces the achievements of 'movers and shakers' over the last 750 years and 'Inventors and inventions' which explored how some key inventors and their inventions contributed to England's Industrial Revolution

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Learning Curve

Learning Curve is a free resource for teachers and students of the History National Curriculum from KS 2 to 5. There are short lessons, in-depth investigations, activities and games - all featuring original sources from the National Archives. Plus we provide ideas for how you can use these resources in and outside the classroom.

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Using Learning Curve

Teacher's booklet


In-depth learning guides

Our in-depth learning guides explore aspects of history and citizenship using original sources. They are most suited to adult learners, but advanced school students may find useful information for homework or research.

In-depth learning guides

Palaeography: reading old handwriting



Moving Here

Moving Here is a website exploring migration to England in the last 200 years, focusing on Caribbean, Jewish, Irish and South Asian communities. There are tips for how you can use this website in teaching history and citizenship.

Moving Here: Tips for teachers


Exhibitions and Treasures of The National Archives

These highlights of The National Archives collection are fascinating to dip into and can be another useful resource for students' research.

Exhibitions and Treasures

Scott Polar Research Institute

The Scott Polar Research Institute holds a collection of artifacts, paintings, drawings, photographs, film, lantern slides, and Daguerreotypes. As well as the permanent exhibits, their museum arranges special exhibitions regularly and occasionally displays other items of particular interest. website, link opens in a new window