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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.
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. We are recognised by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) as an Independent Research Organisation.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in collaborating with The National Archives on any of the topics outlined above.
Collaborating with academics is important to The National Archives and we welcome applications to partner external research projects. However, due to limited resources we are unable to support every application we receive. Therefore we hold regular Grants Panel meetings to discuss new proposals and their benefits to The National Archives.
The National Archives does not supply archive services with formal letters of support for funding bids or other related purposes. If you are from an archive, go to our Using Advisory Letters section to find out more from our Archives Sector Development department.
For those intending to create web or digital outputs as a result of their research projects, we ask that academic colleagues think carefully about appropriate digital standards and metadata creation so that created resources can easily be transferred and sustained. The National Archives is happy to discuss draft proposals in this area, and would appreciate being involved in the early stages in planning on these issues. Please email email@example.com for further information.
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The Thames Consortium, comprised of The National Maritime Museum, The National Portrait Gallery and The National Archives has been awarded six Collaborative Doctoral Partnerships (CDPs) per year for three years to support doctoral students.
Research assistant/associate post
Professor Andrew Hoskins of the University of Glasgow has been awarded an Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Fellowship for a project entitled 'Technologies of memory and archival regimes: War diaries before and after the connective turn'. The project is recruiting a research assistant/associate, who will be based at The National Archives in Kew.
The assistant/associate will undertake research on the impact of digital change on the cultural memory practices and the 'official' record of the British Army's unit operational reports ('war diaries'), conducting an ethnography (oral history interviews, public interviews, on-site observations) of the organisational memory of The National Archives focused on diary archives, and a comparative linguistic profiling of the content of diaries.
This is a six month post and the closing date for applications is 29 July 2014. Find out more and apply.
Read more about some of the projects we're currently working on.
- HLF funding for Transforming the Archive
- Collaborative Doctoral Partnerships
- AHRC funding for Big Data
- Mind the Gap research report
- Knowledge Transfer Partnership
If you are interested in collaborating with us on research projects, please see our guidance for research partners.
See some of the research published by staff at The National Archives.
The work we undertake at The National Archives on research and collections is underpinned by our academic strategy.
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Code of Conduct
The National Archives wishes to set out a code of conduct relating to research. It reflects the principles of the RESPECT project (Code of Professional Conduct in Socio-Economic Research), which seeks to ensure respect for research ethics, intellectual property, confidentiality, professional qualifications, professional standards and for research users.
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Using documents at The National Archives
Find comprehensive guidance on the citation of documents held at The National Archives in theses and publications.
Stay in touch
You can sign up to our academic contacts database, through which we will keep you informed and seek your views on matters relevant to you.
To sign up to our database, or for more information about collaborative academic research at The National Archives, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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