Talk on State Papers by Dr Adrian Ailes and Dr Katy Mair,
Record Specialists in Early Modern Records, TNA


Talks Room of The National Archives, Ruskin Avenue,  Kew, Richmond, Surrey TW9 4DU (tel: 020 876 3444)


Thursday 8 March 2012, 2pm


‘There is no aspect of government activity on which the State Papers may not throw light’


The papers of the secretaries of state 1509-1782 are the correspondence and papers of the chief executive ministers of the crown during the early modern period. For the first time individuals and personalities emerge  from obscurity and we are able to go behind the scenes of government and explore motives, policy-making, ideals and ideas. The state papers are the backbone of early modern records transforming the historians’ approach to this lively period.  The talk begins with an overview of the state papers, followed by their use over time, and how the state papers office was run. The session will end with a summary of finding aids available including what is available on
State Papers Online


The talk is  free.  You do not need a reader’s ticket but you should pick up a talks ticket on the day for entrance. 

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