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August 07 2015

09:00

Dunkirk: from disaster to deliverance

Drawing on fresh new interviews with Dunkirk veterans – soldiers and sailors – plus unseen private correspondence and diaries, author Sinclair McKay delves into a pivotal historical moment and beneath the myth. The story of how a raggle-taggle flotilla of small boats and paddle steamers set out to rescue the British army from the most formidable war machine the world had ever seen is now a national legend. But what really happened during those nine days and nights in 1940?

Sinclair McKay is the bestselling author of The Secret Life of Bletchley Park and The Secret Listeners, as well as histories of Hammer films, the James Bond films, and Rambling.

July 30 2015

11:34

Windows 10 is not suitable for business use

Windows 10 is released and Microsoft® rolling it out worldwide. Of course, the new operating system has many great features, which make life and possibly even work easier. Unfortunately, to use it you have to consent to the new Terms of Use, which involve a number of risks for companies. One should therefore think carefully about whereto apply Windows 10. Especially in sensitive areas, the handling of customer data and confidentiality agreements, we strongly advise against it.

  • Windows 10 transfers data to Microsoft® servers by default. This includes information like visited websites, bookmarks,names and access to applications, websites, hot-spots and wireless networks used.
  • Windows 10 generates for each account on each device a unique identification for the purpose of tracking by third parties and for the creation of user profiles.
  • When using the Bitlocker disk encryption for Windows 10 the key to recovery is saved on an Microsoft® OneDrive account. You hand out the key to your own data.
  • Windows 10 collects information about connected devices, software data and associated networks. This data also gets transmitted to external servers for further analysis.
  • After activation Cortana, the Windows 10 language assistant, collects data from your user profile, media files, alarms, personal calendar, screen lock times, websites you’ve visited, online purchases, Bing searches and voice records. Personal contacts, appointments and voice records are passed on to unknown servers.
  • Microsoft reserves the right to use personal data, to save it and to pass it on to third parties - including personal emails, private communication and all personal files.

These Terms of Use render it impossible to use Windows 10 for business. To use Windows 10 means to break any non-disclosure agreement and any contract which governs the disclosure and processing of customer data by third parties. This is also true if suppliers are running Windows 10. Also any business communication is disclosed to third parties.
We strongly recommend to look for alternatives and not to process any sensitive information such as customer data or the like with Windows 10 systems.

July 17 2015

09:00

Writer of the month: Jenny Uglow

Jenny Uglow talks about her book, In These Times: Living in Britain through Napoleon’s Wars, 1793-1815.

This podcast was recorded live as part of the Writer of the month series, which broadens awareness of historical records and their uses for writers.

July 10 2015

09:00

Big Ideas: The women's war in the Middle East - women's First World War service in Egypt, Gallipoli, Mesopotamia and Palestine

Nadia Atia is Lecturer in World Literature at Queen Mary, University of London. Her research examines the literature and cultural history of the First World War outside Europe. Her work explores how ideologies of race and empire shaped the ways in which British travellers, archaeologists, servicemen and women from different classes and professional backgrounds interacted with and represented the region now known as Iraq, in the early twentieth-century. In particular, she examines their interactions with the Indian, African, Afro-Caribbean, Egyptian or Chinese workers and military personnel who played such a crucial role in the war, but whose presence is not a familiar one in many accounts of the First World War.

July 06 2015

09:00

'The Germans are here!' London's first Zeppelin raid

Ten months into the First World War and the feared onslaught on London by Germany's fleet of airships - Zeppelins - had failed to materialise. There was sympathy for those killed or injured in air raids elsewhere, but these were far away and had little impact on Londoners. Then, shortly after 11pm on a Monday night in May 1915, all that changed…Using documents held at The National Archives, interspersed with personal stories of those who experienced that night, Ian Castle explores those terrifying 20 minutes when, for the very first time, London civilians found themselves on the front line.

Ian Castle is author of two books detailing Germany's air campaign against the capital in the First World War - London 1914-17: The Zeppelin Menace and London 1917-18: The Bomber Blitz. He also runs a website covering all of the First World War air raids.

July 05 2015

12:00

June 22 2015

09:00

Writer of the month: Adam Nicolson - Wordsworth's and Coleridge's year together in Somerset, 1797-1798

Adam Nicolson discusses his research into his forthcoming book about Wordsworth's and Coleridge's year in Somerset. He used documents in The National Archives which relate to the Home Office's surveillance of the poets in August 1797. Some suspected they might be agents for a French invasion.

This podcast was recorded live as part of the Writer of the month series, which broadens awareness of historical records and their uses for writers. Writer of the month is sponsored by HistoryToday.

Adam Nicolson has worked as a journalist and columnist on the Sunday Times, the Sunday Telegraph and the Daily Telegraph and writes regularly for National Geographic Magazine and Granta, where he is a contributing editor.

June 12 2015

09:00

Fanny and Stella: the young men who shocked Victorian England

The gripping story of the trial that shook Victorian England – a tale of cross-dressing, cross-examinations and the invention of camp, shortlisted for the Stonewall Awards 2013 (Writer of the Year) and for the 2013 Green Carnation Prize.

Neil McKenna, the award-winning author and journalist, is known for initiating the campaign for gay law reform in the Isle of Man and for leading the fight against Clause 25.

This event is part of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer or Questioning (LGBTQ) History Month at The National Archives.

Warning: the following material may not be suitable for all listeners.

June 07 2015

12:00

June 05 2015

09:00

Arts and Inspiration Day at The National Archives 2014: Music and lyrics

Jo Pugh reveals the music, lyrics and poetry lurking in diverse records, from Thomas Byrd’s pupil, John Bull to songs from Second World War prisoner of war camps.

Arts and Inspiration Day is a free event for students thinking of future PhD study which introduces the research potential of The National Archives’ collection. This event was held on 17 November 2014.

09:00

Arts and Inspiration Day at The National Archives 2014: Maps and plans

Rose Mitchell reveals the maps and plans held at The National Archives.

Arts and Inspiration Day is a free event for students thinking of future PhD study which introduces the research potential of The National Archives’ collection. This event was held on 17 November 2014.

09:00

Arts and Inspiration Day at The National Archives 2014: Propaganda

Simon Demissie looks at Propaganda through the records held at The National Archives, including the wartime posters in INF 3 and the 1970s ‘Protect and Survive’ Public Information Films.

Arts and Inspiration Day is a free event for students thinking of future PhD study which introduces the research potential of The National Archives’ collection. This event was held on 17 November 2014.

Watch the Public Information Films, Action after warnings and Casualties, produced by Richard Taylor Cartoons, with chilling narration by Patrick Allen.

09:00

Arts and Inspiration Day at The National Archives 2014: Design history and material culture

Julie Halls discusses design history and material culture as a potential area for research.

Arts and Inspiration Day is a free event for students thinking of future PhD study which introduces the research potential of The National Archives’ collection. This event was held on 17 November 2014.

May 29 2015

09:00

Portillo’s State Secrets

Researcher Tommy Norton introduces some of the 30 documents featured in the BBC 2 ten-part television series, Portillo’s State Secrets. He also talks about the background to the series.

Originally a journalist on local newspapers and magazines, Tommy spent four years in The National Archives’ press office. He is now an independent reesearcher.

May 26 2015

18:53

Fixing Logjam by changing Diffie-Hellman parameters

You have probably heard of the Logjam attack against the TLS protocol. It affects TLS configurations with forward secrecy that use the same prime numbers for Diffie-Hellman key exchange. You also may use a low security prime number. The research team that has published information about the Logjam attack estimates that an academic team can break a 768-bit prime and that a nation-state can break a 1024-bit prime. Unfortunately 1024 bit primes are common in a lot of server software.

Using Diffie-Hellman key exchange should be done with prime numbers equal 2048 bit and above. Postfix allows you to use individual parameter sets. Sysadmins should consult the Guide to Deploying Diffie-Hellman for TLS.

For Apache users out there, try to run at least version 2.4.7 or better. If this is not an option, you can wait for the release of 2.2.30 and compile it with LibreSSL or use it with OpenSSL 0.9.8a (or later version). Compiling Apache 2.2.x with LibreSSL requires you to remove the ENGINE_CTRL_CHIL_SET_FORKCHECK macro in modules/ssl/ssl_engine_init.c. Furthermore you need to remove the reference to the compress_meth member of the SSL_SESSION structure. The reference can be found in modules/ssl/ssl_engine_vars.c beginning in line 838. Actually you can remove the whole if (pSession] {…} section. LibreSSL has removed support for compression due to security reasons. Lastly you have to remove references to the RAND_EGD PRNG (reference can be found in modules/ssl/ssl_engine_rand.c, look for HAVE_SSL_RAND_EGD and remove these sections).

May 22 2015

09:00

Writer of the month: Helen Castor on Joan of Arc

Helen Castor in conversation, discussing her new book, Joan of Arc: A history. Find out more about Helen Castor on her website.

This podcast was recorded live as part of the Writer of the month series, which broadens awareness of historical records and their uses for writers. We apologise for any intermittent reduction in sound quality.

May 17 2015

12:00

May 10 2015

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May 07 2015

08:37

Web site moved to HTTPS-only

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May 03 2015

12:00
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