Award winning week for The National Archives
Our education visits and an online transcription project with the National Maritime Museum have both won awards last week.
Learning outside the classroom
We have been awarded a Learning Outside the Classroom (LOtC) Quality Badge for the fourth time. The LOtC Quality Badge was launched in 2009 as part of the Learning Outside the Classroom Manifesto, a national initiative to ensure young people are given more opportunities to have these experiences as part of the curriculum.
Head of Outreach and Education at The National Archives, Andrew Payne, said, ‘We’re thrilled to get official recognition for our efforts. Being awarded the LOtC Quality Badge for the fourth time is an acknowledgement of the hard work our staff put in to ensure that students visiting The National Archives have a high quality learning experience which adds value to their education.’
The National Archives Education team works with 12,000 students (from key stage 1 to key stage 5) each year either at The National Archives or by webinars and remote teaching. Find out more about our Education programme.
Volunteers help make First World War records searchable online
Our 1915 Crew List online transcription project has also been recognised in the Museum Volunteer Awards, receiving a Highly Commended Award in the Bringing Innovation category.
Volunteers transcribed 39,000 voyages, including the names and personal details of 750,000 seamen, using electronic copies of the documents. This made the details from all surviving First World War merchant navy crew lists for 1915 searchable online for the first time.
The four year project was started by The National Maritime Museum and The National Archives in 2012, for the First World War centenary. It attracted the help of over 400 online volunteers from as far afield as Japan, Mexico, New Zealand and Canada.
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Free access to digital records23/04/2020 14:15:00
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Time Travel TV launches to help with the return to home-schooling21/04/2020 14:15:00
As many families return to home-schooling after the Easter holidays, today we are launching Time Travel TV, an online video series featuring brand new educational resources.
Newly accredited archive services announced31/03/2020 14:15:00
By attaining accreditation, these archive services have successfully demonstrated that they meet the UK standard around resourcing, collections management and provision of access to collections.
Changes to document ordering25/03/2020 12:33:00
We have decided to delay the implementation of the document ordering trial, as The National Archives is currently closed until further notice.
Coronavirus update18/03/2020 16:15:00
We have decided, for the wellbeing of our visitors, staff and suppliers, to close The National Archives to visitors until further notice as of 19:00 yesterday (Tuesday 17 March).
Coronavirus update13/03/2020 14:15:00
The National Archives currently remains open to visitors with no change to our visiting hours, with exhibitions, events and other activities going ahead as scheduled.
DCDC Conference to take a one-year break05/03/2020 10:05:00
The Discovering Collections, Discovering Communities (DCDC) Conference is taking a brief break in 2020 to build on its success and will return in a new location in summer 2021.
New film ‘Mental Health on Record’ released20/02/2020 13:20:00
We yesterday premiered ‘Mental Health on Record’, a stop-motion animation film made by a group of young people which explores how contemporary views on mental health can be used to interpret historical records from the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.