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Nuclear script


The British National Archives is a place where all kinds of top secret documents and records are kept about Britain's history. But after thirty years, many are made public. In this week's programme, we find out about an extraordinary document which was written during the 1970s and is now available for everyone to see.

This week's question: When were the British National Archives started?

a) 800 years ago
b) 850 years ago
c) 900 years ago

Listen out for the answer to this question at the end of the programme!


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Vocabulary from the programme

made public
made available for everyone to see or hear

cold war
a time when two countries are not politically friendly towards each other, but are not at war

no longer secret and restricted, made public

a noun that's used to talk about the number of people who've been killed or injured during an accident or a war

stay tuned
don't change channels, keep listening to or watching this station

something that makes you feel cold or frightened is 'chilling'

total disorder and confusion

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