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The National ArchivesLocated in Kew - one of Greater London's most idyllic locations - The National Archives manages one of the largest archival collections in the world. From the Domesday Book to very the latest publications of government papers, the centre is a treasure trove of over 1000 years of history. In addition to regular opening hours, on Saturdays they provide behind-the-scenes tours of the building, offering visitors a chance to see how the venue functions, whilst also pointing out highlights of the collection. As the holder of all public records for the UK, England and Wales, visitors can access all records for free. The tour provides an introduction on how to use the system and centre to carry out individual research, particular family and military history research. The centre also holds a regular programme of events, picking up on themes from their various collections. Tours need to be booked in advance. A fascinating and thought-provoking way to spend a couple of hours. After you've visited, why not head to Kew Gardens and then for refreshments at one of the pleasant gastro-pubs or tea-rooms overlooking Kew green. If you visit in summertime, sit outside and watch the village cricket team compete.

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100 Years Of History From Inside The Cabinet Office100 Years Of History From Inside The Cabinet Office2017-07-27T18:30:00+01002017-07-27T00:00:00+0100 Where:
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Behind The Scenes TourBehind The Scenes Tour2017-07-28T11:00:00+01002017-07-28T00:00:00+0100 Where:
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Family Event - Making Magic Ink: Recipes In The ArchivesFamily Event - Making Magic Ink: Recipes In The ArchivesLiterary & Education, Art Workshop.2017-08-01T10:30:00+01002017-08-01T00:00:00+0100 Where:
The National Archives,   Ruskin Avenue  Richmond    TW9 4DU
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Wounded: From The First World War To The Present DayWounded: From The First World War To The Present DayLiterary & Education, Talk.2017-08-01T14:00:00+01002017-08-01T00:00:00+0100 Where:
The National Archives,   Ruskin Avenue  Richmond    TW9 4DU
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Sorcery, Bastardy And The English Royal Family: 'Alternative Facts' In Fifteenth-century EnglandSorcery, Bastardy And The English Royal Family: 'Alternative Facts' In Fifteenth-century EnglandLiterary & Education, Lecture.2017-08-02T16:45:00+01002017-08-02T00:00:00+0100 Where:
The National Archives,   Ruskin Avenue  Richmond    TW9 4DU
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Sorcery, Bastardy And The English Royal Family: 'Alternative Facts' In Fifteenth-century England
Family Event - Discovering DomesdayFamily Event - Discovering DomesdayLiterary & Education, Art Workshop.2017-08-03T10:30:00+01002017-08-03T00:00:00+0100 Where:
The National Archives,   Ruskin Avenue  Richmond    TW9 4DU
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Making A Martyr: How The Child Murder Libel Was Born In Medieval NorwichMaking A Martyr: How The Child Murder Libel Was Born In Medieval NorwichLiterary & Education, Lecture.2017-08-09T16:45:00+01002017-08-09T00:00:00+0100 Where:
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Kew Gardens Tube Station
 
8 minutes walk
 
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14 minutes walk
 
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Kew Gardens Overground Station
 
2 minutes walk
 
Gunnersbury Overground Station
 
14 minutes walk
 
 
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Old Deer Park
 
21 minutes walk
 
Syon House Car Park
 
28 minutes walk
 
 
 
 

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5 Station Approach, Kew, TW9 | 8 minutes from The National Archives
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229 Chiswick High Road, W4 | 22 minutes from The National Archives
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10B Kew Green, TW9 | 6 minutes from The National Archives
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The Old Post Office, 9 Station Approach,, TW9 | 8 minutes from The National Archives
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16-20 Wendell Road, W12 | 2.1 miles from The National Archives
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107 Gunnersbury Lane, W3 | 30 minutes from The National Archives
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London > Leisure > Parks and Gardens
Kew Gardens, TW9 | 9 minutes from The National Archives
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London > Leisure > Parks and Gardens
187 Kew Road, Richmond, TW9 | 21 minutes from The National Archives
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300 Chiswick High Road, W4 | 21 minutes from The National Archives
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The City Barge
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27 Strand on the Green, W4 | 5 minutes from The National Archives
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The Greyhound
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82 Kew Green, Richmond, TW9 | 7 minutes from The National Archives
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The Bell and Crown
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11-13 Thames Road, Chiswick, W4 | 8 minutes from The National Archives
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London > Nightlife > Bars
Crisp Road, W6 | 2.3 miles from The National Archives
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Vinoteca Chiswick
London > Nightlife > Wine Bars
18 Devonshire Road, W4 | 24 minutes from The National Archives
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Tea Box
London > Nightlife > Bars
7 Paradise Road, TW9 | 35 minutes from The National Archives
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Kew Gardens, Richmond upon Thames, TW9 | 9 minutes from The National Archives
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Burlington Lane, Chiswick House Grounds, Chiswick, W4 | 19 minutes from The National Archives
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162 Chiswick High Road, Chiswick, W4 | 26 minutes from The National Archives
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