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The National Archive: December events include A Victorian Christmas (2018)

Preview by Jack Foley

THE NATIONAL Archive has released its programme for December 2018, which includes a look back at a Victorian Christmas and the customs it is responsible for starting, as well as a conversation with Kate Atkinson entitled Transcription.

The listings are as follows…

Time Travel Club – A Victorian Christmas (7-11)
Date: Saturday, December 1
Times: 10:30-12:00
Location: The National Archives, Bessant Drive, Kew, TW9 4DU
Category: Family event

Brief summary: Did you know that many Christmas customs stem from the Victorians? In this interactive, sensory workshop, find out how Victorian children experienced it. Take part in our mini historical enquiry, to see what documents reveal about Christmas in the workhouse or even with the Queen, then make your own Christmas decorations and crackers!

This session is designed for children aged 7 to 11. Adults do not need to book for themselves. Younger siblings are welcome at this event, children under 6 go free. Please book a free ticket for younger children.

Price: £7.50 per child (adults and kids under 6 go free), book ahead
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Transcription: Kate Atkinson in conversation
Date: Thursday, December 6
Times: 19:00-20:00
Location: The National Archives, Bessant Drive, Kew, TW9 4DU
Category: Author talk

Brief summary: In 1940, 18-year-old Juliet Armstrong is reluctantly recruited into the world of espionage. Sent to an obscure department of MI5 tasked with monitoring the comings and goings of British Fascist sympathizers, she discovers the work to be by turns both tedious and terrifying.

But after the war has ended, she presumes the events of those years have been relegated to the past for ever. Ten years later, now a producer at the BBC, Juliet is unexpectedly confronted by figures from her past. A different war is being fought now, on a different battleground, but Juliet finds herself once more under threat. A bill of reckoning is due, and she finally begins to realize that there is no action without consequence.

In this talk, acclaimed author Kate Atkinson discusses her magnificent new espionage novel that explores the consequences of life after the Secret Service. This event is hosted by critic Erica Wagner.

Price: £10, book ahead
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The Time Travel Club – An Arctic adventure (4-6)
Date: Saturday, December 8
Times: 10:30-12:00
Location: The National Archives, Bessant Drive, Kew, TW9 4DU
Category: Family event

Brief summary: Take a voyage across icy waters to snowy worlds. Hear folk stories about walruses and narwhals, and discover an original magical map from the collection. You can also get hands on with a range of crafts and activities inspired by snowy arctic landscapes.

Children will spend an hour in the education room and then go on an arctic journey around the archives! This session is designed for children aged 4 to 6. Adults do not need to book for themselves. Younger siblings are welcome at this event, children under 4 go free. Please book a free ticket for younger children.

Price: £7.50 per child (adults and kids under 6 go free), book ahead
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A short history of trade marks from 1876 to 1939
Date: Wednesday, December 12
Times: 13:00-13:45
Location: Online only event
Category: Webinar

Brief summary: The ‘Trade Mark Registration Act of 1875’, allowed the formal registration of trade marks at the UK Patent Office for the first time. Our collection of original registered designs and artworks, spanning the period from 1876 to1939, offers a wonderful opportunity to view the changing design styles of the trade mark in this country, many iconic by today’s standards.

This webinar will look at a minute selection of this very under-examined series of records; it will touch on the growth and history of the trade mark in this country and offer an intriguing snapshot into Victorian social history.

Price: Free, book ahead
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Dig Hill 80: Secrets of the Front Line
Date: Saturday, December 15
Times: 18:30-20:00
Location: The National Archives, Bessant Drive, Kew, TW9 4DU
Category: Talk

Brief summary: Join the entire Dig Hill 80 team for a debrief of their recent excavations and a detailed presentation of the findings. Artefacts, videos, and key information will all be shared by the team, and there will be an opportunity to ask questions about their recent and forthcoming work.

Dig Hill 80 is a crowdfunded archaeological dig of a First World War fortification. For more information on the project, visit the Dig Hill 80 website

Price: £20, book ahead
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