Our performance

You can read our annual report below to find out how we performed during 2015-16 and to see our accounts.

Annual report and accounts 2015-16

Download the annual report 2015-16 (PDF, 2.0 MB)

Download an accessible spreadsheet of our core financial tables for 2015-16 (XLS, 0.06 MB)

In our annual report, we describe our work over the past year and explain how we used the funds allocated to us. This year’s annual report marks the first year of Archives Inspire, our ambitious four-year strategy.

Our achievements during 2015-16 included:

  • opening our first major exhibition, ‘By me William Shakespeare’, in partnership with King’s College London at Somerset House
  • completing collaborative scientific and curatorial research on William Shakespeare’s will, never before carried out
  • updating over 1,400 Acts which can be accessed via legislation.gov.uk, our innovative online resource
  • releasing over 900 original records of financial assistance claims from the mid-1960s by UK victims of Nazi persecution, in conjunction with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office
  • teaching more than 6,700 students on site at Kew and via our virtual classrooms
  • relaunching Fundraising for Archives, a two-year mentoring programme, with support from the Heritage Lottery Fund
  • Discovery, our online catalogue, provided users with over 1,900,000 descriptive views of records held by other archives
  • participating in one of five successful national debates on themes relating to the humanities, as part of the Arts and Humanities Research Council’s 10th anniversary
  • Traces through Time, our international collaborative research project, now features an ‘other possible matches’ tool which links to over half a million individual names across 20 of our First World War collections
  • successfully completing our first Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) project with industry partner the IMC Group Ltd. KTPs enable organisations to access knowledge, technology or skills from across the country
  • our Document Services department provided over 40 work placements for young people from diverse backgrounds from all over the country
  • being awarded a Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge for the fourth time
  • retaining the government’s Customer Service Excellence standard for the 17th consecutive year

Annual report and accounts 2011 to 2015

Download the annual report 2014-15 (PDF, 17.20 MB)

Download the annual report 2013-14 (PDF, 6.39 MB)

Download the annual report 2012-13 (PDF, 2.65 MB)

Download the annual report 2011-12 (PDF, 2.43 MB)

Summary of public records transmitted to The National Archives

This report is produced annually. It provides a summary of the public records transmitted to The National Archives from various sources. It gives a brief description for each piece, including the dates covered.

Download the accessioning report for 2015-16 (PDF, 0.45 MB)

Download the accessioning report for 2014-15 (PDF, 0.45 MB)

Download the accessioning report for 2013-14 (PDF, 0.45 MB)

Download the accessioning report for 2012-13 (PDF, 0.14 MB)

Download the accessioning report for 2011-12 (PDF, 0.11 MB)

Exercise of delegated powers conferred on the Lord Chancellor by the Public Records Act 1958

This report is produced annually. It gives details on how The National Archives has exercised particular powers delegated to our Chief Executive and Keeper by the Lord Chancellor.

Download the exercise of delegated powers report for 2015-16 (PDF, 0.17 MB)

Download the exercise of delegated powers report for 2014-15 (PDF, 0.01 MB)

Download the exercise of delegated powers report for 2013-14 (PDF, 0.09 MB)

Download the exercise of delegated powers report for 2012-13 (PDF, 0.09 MB)

Download the exercise of delegated powers report for 2011-12 (PDF, 0.03 MB)

See exercise of delegated powers reports from previous years in the UK Government Web Archive.

These documents provide information on:

  • approval given for the transfer of public records between The National Archives and places of deposit, in either direction
  • the appointment of approved places of deposit for public records with specific local relevance or particular specialist and administrative requirements, which are held outside The National Archives
  • approval given for the presentation of public records that have not been selected for permanent preservation at The National Archives to other appropriate bodies

Staff engagement survey

Read the results of our staff engagement survey on the staff page in the Transparency section.

Reports from previous years

See reports and appendices from previous years in the UK Government Web Archive.