Equality and diversity

The National Archives aims to be an inclusive organisation, reflecting the diverse needs and aspirations of employees and customers and promoting equality of access for all.

We are committed to tackling barriers to participation by creating a culture that encourages respect and values difference. Through the development of an organisation-wide strategy we have ensured that equality and diversity is at the core of what we do.

For more information on our commitment to equality and diversity, please see our strategy, action plan and policy:

Equality and Diversity Strategy: our single equality scheme (PDF, 0.15Mb)

Equality and Diversity Action Plan (XLS, 0.17Mb)

Equality and Diversity Policy (PDF, 0.49Mb)

Our commitment

Two Ticks

The Two Ticks disability symbol shows that The National Archives has made a commitment to fair employment, retention, training and career development of disabled people.

Diversity Champions

The National Archives is a member of Stonewall’s Diversity Champions  forum, in which employers work with Stonewall, and each other, to promote lesbian, gay and bisexual equality in the workplace.

Working at The National Archives


It is important to us that our building and services are accessible for all visitors and staff. See more information about accessing The National Archives’ building and facilities.

Staff forums and action groups

We currently have staff forums for lesbian gay bisexual and transgender staff and disabled staff.  The forums support individuals in the workplace through mentoring, befriending and social networks, and also help to raise awareness of the diversity issues that affect The National Archives and its employees.

The Positive Action Working Group meets regularly to generate initiatives to make The National Archives a more accessible and diverse organisation in which to work and visit.

Contemplation and prayer room

We have contemplation and prayer rooms available on site.  The rooms are a quiet space for private acts of worship by staff of all religions and for staff requiring contemplation time.