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Our role

The National Archives is a non-ministerial department and the government's official archive for England, Wales and the United Kingdom.

We incorporate the Office of Public Sector Information and Her Majesty's Stationery Office. We also perform the Historical Manuscripts Commission's functions in relation to private records. We hold over 1,000 years of the nation's records for everyone to discover and use.