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Workshop/Course, Mon 14 Oct 2019, free entry


To mark the 150th anniversary of the Historical Manuscripts Commission, this symposium will explore the evolution of the Commission’s activities and highlight its achievements within the context of societal changes over the last 150 years.

The event will show how the Historical Manuscripts Commission has adapted its policies and practices since 1869 in order to continue to fulfil its purpose of promoting archival preservation, access and use. In particular, the symposium will emphasise how the Commission’s history continues to inform The National Archives’ advocacy, leadership and support work for the archives sector today.

Join in the symposium to discover the lessons that the Commission’s history holds for the future and hear about The National Archives’ wider responsibilities for the archives sector. There will also be an opportunity to ask questions to an expert panel and view original documents from our collection illustrating the Commission’s history.

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Event details

Dates Times
Mon 14 Oct 2019 12:30 to 16:30


Free entry



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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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  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
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