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Discover Queen Victoria & Royal Household employees

The complete collection of Queen Victoria’s Journals is now available online at www.queenvictoriasjournals.org.

The digitisation of 141 volumes of Queen Victoria’s private diaries has been carried out as a partnership between the Royal Archives, Bodleian Libraries at Oxford University and the online publisher, ProQuest.

Over the Diamond Jubilee period, the Twitter account @QueenVictoriaRI will tweet selected excerpts from Queen Victoria’s Journals, illustrated by links to photographs, paintings and original documents. This account will run until 7 June.

In addition to the digitisation of Queen Victoria’s Journals, the Royal Archives is also undertaking an online partnership project with findmypast.co.uk so that the public may trace their ancestors who have worked for the Royal Household. Free access to the records, which range from the 17th century to 1920, will also be available at The National Archives (TNA).

A selection of Queen Victoria’s school copy books are also available for viewing in TNA’s museum until 18 August. This is to complement TNA’s Jubilee online exhibition.

Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee Scrapbook, a website focused on Queen Victoria’s life and reign, including her Diamond Jubilee in 1897, was launched by Buckingham Palace in April 2012. It contains documents from the Royal Archives, paintings and photographs from the Royal Collection, as well as audio and film clips.

Find out how our ancestors celebrated Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee with our article in the June issue of Family Tree.

Diamond gems from the archives

Family Tree editor Helen Tovey explores The National Archives’ beautiful and fascinating new online exhibition at nationalarchives.gov.uk/jubilee, showcasing rarely seen jubilee records.

Letters of congratulation, sent to Queen Victoria on her gold (1887) and diamond (1897) jubilees, can now be seen at www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/jubilee.

These are a truly remarkable collection of documents, which the term ‘letters’ doesn’t really do justice to. The documents are held in the Privy Purse series (PP1) and are very unusual for 19th century government records, many of them incorporating gold leaf, wood and glass mounting and even beadwork. The correspondence was sent to Queen Victoria by grateful subjects from all over the British Empire, from local authorities in England (such as the City of Manchester), to societies and educational establishments (such as the boys on board the reformatory ship, Cornwall), to British subjects in Ceylon, Delhi, China and many other places.

To celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, The National Archives has digisited 60 of the most beautiful documents and made them freely available online. Whether you are a keen royalist and would like to see memorabilia of the ways in which Queen Victoria’s 60th year on the throne was celebrated; or whether you simply wish to enjoy records from times gone by, created with a level of care and artistry that our hasty lives today do not always allow, you can revel in the new web pages and view a video about the series at www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/jubilee.

See the location from which the letters were sent on Historypin and view a gallery of the images on flickr.

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