Research and scholarship

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.

We are recognised by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) as an Independent Research Organisation.

For information on the latest initiatives and developments from The National Archives to support research, sign up for our research enewsletter.

Collaborative doctoral partnerships (CDPs) are partnerships between heritage organisations and Higher Education institutions, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).

The ability to use archives and original documents is one of the core research skills across a broad range of disciplines.

As an institution we support open access. This means we make the externally funded research our staff has produced freely available to all. Browse our publications and research materials.

As an originator and supporter of research, we maintain an innovative programme to develop and test new ideas, for the benefit of government, information and preservation professionals.

For information on the latest initiatives and developments from The National Archives to support research, sign up for our research newsletter.

We welcome the opportunity to work with other organisations on research projects that they are leading and for which they are seeking external funding.

The National Archives has identified priority research projects to be developed in partnership with academic institutions and the cultural heritage sector.