Cabinet papers datasets are available to download for web developers.
The National Archives’ Cabinet Papers site offers free access to the complete minutes and memoranda from every Cabinet meeting from 1917 to 1980.
The cabinet papers keywords application shows major figures and concepts extracted from the complete text of the minutes of those meetings and allows the content to be explored in a completely different way.
We are making this data available, along with a variety of other datasets, to encourage web developers to experiment with new applications, online tools and ways of visualising data.
The application shows the names of members of the Cabinet and the top 25 keywords from all the meetings for the period shown. These have been filtered to remove the most common English words. Each entry links back to the original papers that include it which are available to download.
Keywords are displayed annually in peacetime and monthly in wartime when Cabinet met much more regularly.
The result can offer an insight into the major issues of the day and hint at the relative importance of politicians within the Cabinet. Some terms are predictable, such as ’surrender’ in August 1945, while others refer to half forgotten international crises: what was going on with Iran in 1951? Iraq in 1923? Shanghai in 1927?
We hope you enjoy exploring.