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.
We strive to be an open and transparent organisation.
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 Secretary of State on issues relating to access to public records and represents the public interest in deciding what records should be open or closed.