National Archives

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English Nazi collaborators may have aided recapture of ‘great escape’ PoWs
Document discovered by National Archives shows claim made after the war by recaptured RAF officer, but historians are sceptical

Esther Addley

21, Mar, 2024 @7:15 PM

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‘Pristine’ 200-year-old Faroese sweater found at UK’s National Archives
Item and letter never reached their destination in Denmark because Royal Navy seized cargo ship in 1807

Morgan Ofori

01, Mar, 2024 @5:13 PM

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National Archives censor files showing late queen concealed relative’s wealth
Documents recording request from monarch to keep secret the will of a relative partly withdrawn from public view

Rob Evans and David Pegg

21, Jan, 2024 @11:01 AM

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Morrison government failed to give Howard-era national security cabinet papers to national archives
The department of prime minister and cabinet blamed ‘administrative oversights’ for the missing records

Christopher Knaus and Daniel Hurst

31, Dec, 2023 @2:01 PM

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Margaret Thatcher privately scolded David Owen as MI5 spy scandal grew
Archives reveal confidential letters exchanged by the prime minister and SDP leader that shed light on a Kremlin espionage row

Vanessa Thorpe, Arts and Media correspondent

31, Dec, 2023 @9:00 AM

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Alastair Campbell proposed legal threat to BBC amid Iraq war coverage row, files reveal
Government papers released to National Archives show animosity between broadcaster and No 10 in early 2000s

Kevin Rawlinson and Caroline Davies

29, Dec, 2023 @6:00 AM

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Rwanda-style asylum plan was ‘nuclear option’ for Blair in 2003, records reveal
Report set out ‘radical measures’ to reduce numbers arriving, including setting up holding camps on Scottish island of Mull

Caroline Davies and Kevin Rawlinson

29, Dec, 2023 @6:00 AM

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National archives: Barclay brothers lobbied Labour to scrap inheritance tax
Reclusive billionaire twins notorious for use of tax havens met then prime minister Tony Blair in 1999

Kevin Rawlinson and Caroline Davies

29, Dec, 2023 @6:00 AM

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National archives: Tony Blair was advised to work with militants in Kosovo
Former prime minister had concerns about being seen to be too close to the Kosovo Liberation Army

Kevin Rawlinson and Caroline Davies

29, Dec, 2023 @12:01 AM

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Thatcher ‘utterly shattered’ by MI5 revelations in Spycatcher, files reveal
National Archives papers show prime minister tried in vain to avoid inquiry over Peter Wright’s memoirs

Caroline Davies and Kevin Rawlinson

29, Dec, 2023 @12:01 AM

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Businessman in passports scandal asked if he should avoid UK until after 2001 election
Srichand P Hinduja spoke to diplomat over fears of embroiling Labour party in row, National Archives files show

Kevin Rawlinson and Caroline Davies

29, Dec, 2023 @12:01 AM

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PoW dogs and secret tunnels feature in Kew exhibition of great escapes
National Archives display in Kew includes record cards of prisoners who fled in mass breakout in 1944

Caroline Davies

28, Dec, 2023 @2:03 PM

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