National Archives

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John Major was warned of ‘PR disaster’ from Róisín McAliskey case
National Archives files reveal concern over detention of pregnant daughter of Northern Ireland civil rights leader

Owen Bowcott and Caroline Davies

30, Dec, 2020 @8:01 AM

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Kim Philby: new revelations about spy emerge in secret files
UK government launched campaign to block memoirs being published fearing damaging disclosures

Owen Bowcott and Caroline Davies

30, Dec, 2020 @6:01 AM

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How Edward Heath taking a bath exposed Chequers' lax security
Adviser felt compelled to complain about security at PM’s country residence after incident, files reveal

Caroline Davies and Owen Bowcott

30, Dec, 2020 @6:01 AM

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Princess Diana called criticism of landmine appeal a 'distraction'
Princess of Wales dismissed complaints about campaign for global ban, National Archives show

Caroline Davies and Owen Bowcott

30, Dec, 2020 @6:01 AM

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Rory Bremner prank may have averted Tory party revolt
TV impressionist pretended to be John Major in call to Eurosceptic rebel MP, National Archives show

Caroline Davies and Owen Bowcott

30, Dec, 2020 @12:01 AM

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Boris Johnson decried purchase of Churchill's private papers
His criticism in 1995 chimed with No 10 misgivings over ownership of PM records, National Archives show

Owen Bowcott and Caroline Davies

30, Dec, 2020 @12:01 AM

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Mugabe's love of cricket and Thatcher's 70th: stories revealed in National Archives papers
Proposed MCC membership for Mugabe and Thatcher’s birthday party plans among stories kept under wraps – until now

Caroline Davies and Owen Bowcott

30, Dec, 2020 @12:01 AM

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Letters reveal British objections to plot of Bridge on the River Kwai
War Office feared war movie would ‘not go down well with British public’

Caroline Davies

11, Aug, 2020 @11:25 AM

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Lying about our history? Now that's something Britain excels at | Ian Cobain
Millions of records about empire, the slave trade and the cold war were hidden or destroyed by the British state, says author Ian Cobain

Ian Cobain

18, Jun, 2020 @7:00 AM

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VE Day: Churchill feared De Gaulle would declare victory early
War cabinet papers reveal PM’s concern French ally would pre-empt joint announcement

Daniel Boffey in Brussels

06, May, 2020 @9:07 AM

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Hidden Robert Dover poem uncovered in 17th century plea roll
Discovery sheds light on colourful character part of leading literary and legal circles of the time

Caroline Davies

13, Apr, 2020 @4:00 PM

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'Intimate expressions': 500 years of notable love letters to go on display
National Archives exhibition includes letters from first Labour PM to aristocratic lover

Mark Brown Arts correspondent

14, Feb, 2020 @7:00 AM

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