Subject keywords (National Audit Categories)

We have used the following list of National Audit Categories in our Museums and Archive records. You can use these in the Advanced Search: Subjects, Keyword box to help you find records on a particular topic.

This list of keywords is temporary. We will migrate to a new set of keywords and a different thesaurus later in the year – we’ll keep you informed here. *

Have a look in our Subjects theme to find our gradually growing articles on some of these topics.

  • Archaeology **
    British prehistoric
    Classical archaeology
    Egyptology
    Medieval
    Other British archaeology
    Other foreign archaeology
    Roman British (43BC-500AD)
    Unknown
  • ArchivesBusiness Records
    Church
    Clubs Societies and Local Organisations
    Maps Plans and Technical Drawings
    Museum/institution
    Official e.g. Local Authority
    Oral History
    Other archive material
    Personal and estates
    State
  • Coins and Medals
    Badges
    Banknotes and Bonds
    Coins
    Medals
    Other coins, medals and tokens
    Tokens
  • Costume and Textiles
    Accessories
    Carpets
    Childrenswear
    Designer
    Lace
    Ladieswear
    Menswear
    Religious costume
    Tapestry and embroidery
    Textiles
    Theatre/stage
    Uni/reg
    Uniform/Regalia (not Military)
    Workwear
  • Culture
    Cinema
    Literature
    Media
    Music
    Other culture
    Theatre
  • Decorative and Applied Art
    Architecture
    Basketwork
    Ceramics
    Contemporary crafts
    Enamelled wares
    Furniture
    Glass
    Jewellery
    Lacquered wares
    Metalwork
    Other decorative and applied art
    Woodwork
  • Domestic Life
    Child rearing and childhood
    Cleaning and laundry
    Food, drink and tobacco
    Furnishings and fittings
    Heating, lighting and sanitation
    Media and communications
    Sewing and dressmaking
  • Fine Art
    Drawings 1600-1800
    Drawings 1801-1900
    Drawings 1901-present
    Drawings pre 1600
    Other fine art
    Paintings 1600-1700
    Paintings 1701-1800
    Paintings 1801-1900
    Paintings 1901-1939
    Paintings 1940-present
    Paintings pre 1600
    Prints 1900-1939
    Prints 1940-present
    Prints pre 1900
    Sculpture 1600-1800
    Sculpture 1801-present
    Sculpture pre 1600
    Watercolours
  • Health
    Alternative health
    Mental health
    Other health
    Pharmaceuticals
    Public Health
    Surgery
  • History of Science
    Astronomy
    Chemistry
    Electronics
    Mathematics
    Medicine
    Natural Sciences or Biological Sciences
    Other history of science
    Physics
    Veterinary medicine
  • Industry and Commerce
    Advertising
    Agriculture
    Brewing and distilling
    Chemicals
    Civil engineering
    Clerical/office work
    Communications
    Computing
    Construction
    Energy
    Fishing
    Forestry
    Horticulture
    Manufacturing
    Mining and minerals
    Other industry and commerce
    Shops and businesses
    Textiles
    Tourism
    Trades and crafts
  • Maritime
    Exploration
    Industry
    Maritime engineering
    Navigation
    Oceanography
    Other maritime
    Ports and docks
    Rescue services
    Sea farers
    Shipbuilding and boatbuilding
    Trading
  • Natural Sciences
    Birds and eggs
    Botany including herbarium
    Fish
    Fossil
    Gems
    Insects
    Mammals
    Minerals
    Other invertebrates
    Other natural sciences
    Reptiles and amphibians
    Rocks
  • Photography
    Art photography
    Copies of originals
    Film and video
    Local History/Archive
    Other photography
    Photographic equipment and techniques
  • Society
    Crime, law and punishment
    Education
    Other society
    Politics
    Religion and beliefs
  • Sport and Leisure
    Leisure
    Other sport and leisure
    Sport
  • Transport
    Aerospace
    Inland waterways
    Other transport
    Railways and guided systems
    Road transport
  • Warfare and Defence
    Air Force
    Army
    Life in wartime
    Merchant Navy
    Navy
    Other warfare and defence
  • Weapons and Accessories
    Ammunition
    Armour
    Artillery
    Edged weapons
    Explosive weapons
    Firearms
    Flags and banners
    Military uniform
    Other accessories
    Other weapons
  • World Culture
    Africa
    Asia
    Australia and New Zealand
    Europe
    North America
    Oceania
    South America

  * Note that there are some typing errors in the Keyword/Subject field of some of the records (eg Archeology; Unifrom and Regalia), so if the spelling listed above doesn’t bring you any results, try an alternative spelling. (This problem is due to some issues in one of the original databases, which is to be resolved later this year.)

** Note that the main subject headings and their sub-categories have been separated out in HELO, which may give a misleading impression about the number of different records for each subject; this will be fixed when we migrate to the new thesaurus.




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