Past Events

Annual Bond Lecture, with Caroline Shenton, and British Records Association AGM, October 27, 2016

  ‘Beyond the Portcullis: the pleasures, challenges and frustrations of writing stories from the Parliamentary Archives’   On the 70th anniversary of the Parliamentary Archives Dr Caroline Shenton reflects on the pleasures, challenges and frustrations of creating popular history. Caroline Shenton was Director of the Parliamentary Archives at Westminster from 2008 to 2014, and prior to that was a senior archivist at Parliament and The National Archives. Her first book, The Day Parliament Burned Down, an hour-by-hour account of the 1834 fire that ...

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A Report on the 2015 BRA Annual Conference: ‘Archives and Sport’

THE BRA ANNUAL CONFERENCE: “‘In a League of their own’: Archives of the History of British Sport and Physical Recreation” The BRA Annual Conference took place on 26th November 2015 at Swedenborg House, Bloomsbury Way, London WC1. Around 40 participants were treated to a fascinating selection of papers about different aspects of the history of British sport. Before the proceedings began, Julia Sheppard, BRA Chair, gave a brief report about the EGM and AGM the previous week, and in particular the momentous vote at the EGM, by a substantial majority, for the BRA to ...

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Visit to Eton College Archives, Tuesday 21 June 11.30

Following the fascinating talk at the BRA Conference last November 'We will play with a ball full of wynde': sport at Eton since the 15th century’ which was given by Eleanor Hoare, Eton College Archivist, the BRA has arranged a visit to the College. Eton College was founded by King Henry VI in 1440 for the education of 70 King’s Scholars. In addition to the King’s Scholars housed in ‘College’, there are now over 1200 ‘Oppidan’ boys at the school in 24 other boarding houses, making Eton the largest boarding school for boys in the United Kingdom. The College ...

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