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Over the next four years we will think and organise ourselves differently, to meet the needs of each of our major audiences and to face our biggest challenge – digital.
We will change the way you think about archives.
We will provide expert advice and scrutiny to government, making sure that the record survives and thrives
We are both the custodian of the public record and the government’s expert in the management, preservation and use of information. We are uniquely placed by virtue of our history, responsibilities and expertise to provide trusted and independent advice and services across government and the wider public sector.
Helped move UK to1st place
in the Global Open Data Index for Legislation
More than1 million
people use the UK Government Web Archive every month
We will inspire the public with new ways of using and experiencing our collection
We are a window on more than 1,000 years of the nation’s history and our collection at Kew is open to everyone, for free.
Many of our users tell us that visiting The National Archives is a life changing experience. We want to give even more people the chance to have that same feeling, whether they set foot on our site at Kew or encounter us online.
students worldwide watched our Magna Carta Assembly in partnership with Discovery Education
downloads of documents occurred last year
We will be an effective leader and partner for the archives sector, to sustain and develop the nation’s collection
The nation’s collection is made up of thousands of archives, each with its own unique history. We lead the wider archive sector in England and perform the Historical Manuscripts Commission's functions in relation to records in private ownership. We sit at the heart of a diverse network of archives and our approach to leading and supporting this network will reflect that diversity.
funding for Transforming Archives project
Discovery contains10 million
descriptions of records held in 2,500 archives across UK
We will advance knowledge through exemplary academic liaison and outstanding interdisciplinary research
We are one of the world’s most valuable resources for academic research. We have strong links with the academic sector and we have set ourselves clear research priorities centred on the challenges we face. Our staff are engaged in collaborative projects on the cutting edge of physical and digital record preservation, historical research and data science. But we believe we can and should do more.
records of immigrants in medieval England released
State Papers images from the 18th century
We will become a
digital archive by design
Over the last few years we have responded to changes in digital technology in ways that have benefitted each of our key audiences.
We created Discovery, the first ever comprehensive national online catalogue, a digital records infrastructure to hold future government digital record, and have collaborated on ground-breaking research into working with digital data.
Website visits up by18%
year on year
Operation War DiaryBest of Web
award at Annual Conference of Museums and the Web
The laws that govern our society and guarantee our rights are constantly evolving. A change to one law will have implications for others. How can we follow these changes and understand their impact on our lives?ARCHIVES INSPIRE
Some stories from history are well known. Famous names and great events help us to understand the past. But behind these stories lie other hidden stories that can challenge our view of the past and tell us more about the history of social change.
Our collection bears witness to the stories of some of the major social movements of the last century: votes for women, environmental campaigns, trade unionism and gay rights.ARCHIVES INSPIRE
Archives are bursting with valuable information and insights. But finding the right information can sometimes take many years of painstaking work. How can our research help researchers everywhere?
Traces through time is our ground-breaking international collaborative research project inspired by archives.
This is just the beginning of a revolution in research technology.ARCHIVES INSPIRE
Every family has a history. Experiences of loss, courage, adventure and separation can resonate through generations and through communities. Making a connection with our past can help us to understand our own lives better.
Through interactive technology we are bringing these real stories from the trenches to the classroom. We are also working with Caribbean, African and Asian communities in the UK to explore their First World War history.ARCHIVES INSPIRE