Volume 32, number 2 November edition of Magna is now available online and hard copies will be posted to members who receive a printed version over the next two to three weeks.
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Articles in this edition include the story behind the consecration in 1843 of four Protestant cemeteries in Floriana, Malta, which led to controversy on more than one front; digital visualisation techniques used to shed light on the experience of soldiers to help our understanding of World War 1; an article about Richmond Park and the Georgian access controversy which discusses the disputes over access to Richmond Park in the eighteenth century; a look at what the Archives tell us about one of the great ifs of history – whether Hitler could have nuked the D-Day landings; and the recording of the King’s speech at the 1930 Five-Powers Naval Conference.
Until recently, much of Dutch West Indies slavery and colonial history was hidden in the Colonial Office archive in The National Archives. But now discovered, it is a fine complement to the archives and collections held in the Netherlands. Once again, we are privileged to have a superb article by Erik van der Doe, in which he documents how the archive material ended up at The National Archives at Kew.
Articles also include an image of Bodiam Castle in Sussex, from the Dixon-Scott collection in the INF 9 record series, taken during the inter-war period; two Middle Eastern maps from T.E. Lawrence (otherwise known as Lawrence of Arabia), which he produced during his time fighting in the Great Arab Revolt; and we introduce a new series for The National Archives’ Library in Focus to highlight its extraordinary rare books collection, and a future project to enhance the catalogue entries for early printed books held in the library.