Category Archives: The National Archives

Russia in NATO? Newly-released files offer glimpse into UK’s foreign policy thinking in mid-1990s

The latest batch of declassified British government files, released to The National Archives (TNA) at Kew, south-west London, in the New Year, offer some intriguing insights into the secret foreign policy deliberations that took place under John Major’s Conservative administration … Continue reading

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Four Pennies for Doomsday

It sounds like something out of a 1950s British comedy film. The ability of the United Kingdom to launch a counter-strike against a nuclear attack on the country in the 1960s was apparently dependent on the availability of four old copper pennies. … Continue reading

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Kim Philby confession part of latest MI5 files released to the National Archives

A two-page confession made by Kim Philby, a double-agent and one of the most infamous British traitors of the Cold War, has been made public for the first time. It is part of the latest round of MI5 (Security Service) … Continue reading

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The ‘Cold War’ season continues at the National Archives

Are you looking for somewhere unusual to visit over the Summer? The National Archives (TNA), at Kew in south-west London, has provided details about the latest events in its ongoing ‘Cold War’ season, ‘Britain’s Cold War Revealed’, which started in April, 2019 … Continue reading

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Radical readers in Richmond: New research explores the Left Book Club of the 1930s

New research by a member of Kingston University’s cutting-edge History teaching team offers some fascinating insights into the local impact of the famous Left Book Club of the 1930s. Published by Dr. Steven Woodbridge in the latest issue of the … Continue reading

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When the Bombs fell: The impact of wartime air raids on Kingston

The recent discovery of an unexploded Second World War bomb on a building site near Kingston University’s Penrhyn Road campus was a good reminder of how the local area suffered some considerable attention from the German Luftwaffe during the years 1939-1941. Kingston University’s … Continue reading

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‘Ike’ on the Hill: Kingston’s D-Day secret

When the History Dept at Kingston University put on a special talk in 2018 by three very research-active staff members to help commemorate 100 years since the end of the First World War, it proved to be one of the … Continue reading

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