Our role

We are the official archive and publisher for the UK government and guardians of over 1,000 years of iconic national documents. We are a non-ministerial government department.

We are expert advisers in information and records management and are a cultural, academic and heritage institution. We fulfil a leadership role for the archive sector and work to secure the future of physical and digital records.

We collect and secure the future of the government record, from Shakespeare’s will to tweets from Downing Street, to preserve it for generations to come.

The Executive team ensures we achieve our vision and business plan, and work together to look at all the key issues involved with running the organisation.

The Management board advises the Chief Executive and Keeper on the plans and strategic direction of The National Archives, providing regular reviews of performance and key risks.

You can learn even more about us via our strategic plans and vision, annual reports, strategic policies and guidance, on the following pages.

Research underpins much of what we do at The National Archives: capturing the historical record of government, preserving digital and paper records and providing effective services to researchers.

Advisory Council advises the Lord Chancellor on issues relating to access to public records and represents the public interest in deciding what records should be open or closed.