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.

Applications for AHRC funded Collaborative Doctoral Partnerships (CDPs) starting in 2016 are now open. Find out how to apply.

Please email if you are interested in collaborating with us, or to sign up to our academic contacts database for more information.

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.

Many members of staff at The National Archives are actively engaged in research.

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

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.