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Aims of resource

This resource teaches students the value of using primary sources, the importance of context and how documents can be interpreted in different ways. It also demonstrates that archives are not just dusty old documents used by elderly historians – they can be modern, accessible and of great relevance to students of various subjects, not least English and History.

Students who complete all of the sections of this resource will gain the necessary skills to visit a reading room independently and carry out their own research using archives. A more selective approach may appeal to many users though. Indexes and a sidebar enable users to navigate the site and easily identify key pages.

The resource is designed to encourage thought and discussion. Throughout the website, there will be topics which may allow for more than one perspective, encouraging debate or contemplation.

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