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Workshop/Course, Tue 25 Jun 2019


Ruskin Avenue,
Richmond, Surrey,


This 19th and 20th Century Design History workshop will provide you with the essential skills to identify and access original design records - many of which are unexplored and unknown to design historians. During each session you will receive tuition and guidance on a range of archival research skills from our design records specialists, and you will also undertake practical exercises involving hands-on document work.

The workshop will focus on the vast collection of design records held by The National Archives – from 19th century fabrics, wallpapers and trademarks to 20th century Festival of Britain records.

The day will begin with an introduction to the catalogues and finding aids that will help you to identify and find records within our design collections.

Further sessions will focus on designs registered with the Board of Trade and Stationers’ Hall to preserve the rights of the designers and manufacturers. These records include samples, drawings, paintings and photographs of original designs and reflect the economic, social and cultural history of the time.

The final session looks at the records of the Festival of Britain – an iconic celebration of British creativity.

At the end of the workshop you will have an increased understanding of the range of design records held at The National Archives and the confidence to search the catalogue using techniques practised on the day.

This event is aimed at current taught postgraduate and PhD students, although other researchers are welcome to attend. There are no pre-requisites for attendance.

This is a one-day workshop on site at The National Archives. Tea and coffee at registration is provided as well as lunch.

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Event details

Dates Times
Tue 25 Jun 2019 09:30 to 16:00
For academic and research communities


For academic and research communities



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Map reference: TQ 152728  Lat: 51.44326 Long: -0.34244

Car : The National Archives is half a mile south of Kew Bridge, on the South Circular Road, A 205. Junction 2 of the M4 motorway is about one and a half miles away. There are 116 spaces in our car park which are free (on a first-come, first-served basis) to researchers using The National Archives. The car park is open from 08:30 to 19:00.
Train : The nearest station to the Kew office is Kew Gardens (Underground - District line and Railway - Silverlink Metro / North London line). Kew Gardens is in both zone 3 and 4, and the journey from central London to Kew takes about 40 minutes. It is a short walk from the station via Ruskin Avenue to The National Archives.
Other convenient railway stations for The National Archives at Kew are Richmond (Travel one stop from there to Kew Gardens) and Kew Bridge (a 15-20 minute walk to us).
Bus: The R68 bus route ends by the entrance to The National Archives, and the 65 and 391 bus routes run along Kew Road.
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Parking: free


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