The Forum on Historical Manuscripts and Academic Research will consider and provide advice to the Lord Chancellor as necessary on, matters relating to manuscripts, records and archives, other than the public records, and in particular:

  • The location, collection, care, custody, preservation, acquisition, sale  and use  in all formats of such documents 
  • The compilation and dissemination of information about them 
  • Any questions affecting such documents as may be referred for its consideration, including issues relating to the statutory duties of the Master of the Rolls in respect of manorial and tithe documents, and the making of recommendations to appropriate Ministers on the allocation of archives and manuscripts accepted for the nation in lieu of tax
  • Other issues which would formerly have come within the terms of reference of the Royal Commission on Historical Manuscripts as set out in the Royal Warrant.

The Forum will act as a vehicle for the development of constructive and collaborative engagement between The National Archives and its academic stakeholders, sharing knowledge and developing trust and understanding.  The Forum will also provide an open, independent and authoritative advisory voice to the organisation, to support research and academic liaison at The National Archives.


If you have any comments on these Terms of Reference please contact the Advisory Council Secretary by email: