Here are some of the projects the Friends are working on to make the Catalogue more accessible to researchers.

Soldiers' discharge papers project

This year the Friends have completed the massive project, begun as far back as 1992, to index British Army Other Ranks Discharge Documents up to 1854, held in classes WO 97 (for the Chelsea Establishment) and WO 119 (for the Irish Kilmainham Establishment). We also included pension correspondence held in class WO 121, which contains details of many men whose papers do not appear in WO 97 or WO 119. Now we are turning our attention to other military records, and have embarked on a project to index the various sections of WO 69, records of the Royal Artillery.

Chancery Proceedings project

The Court of Chancery dealt with thousands of disputes over inheritance, wills, lands, debts, marriage settlements and apprenticeships. The Friends and other volunteers work from home to input many printed volumes of Chancery records into the Catalogue.

This project will enable researchers to access the records according to name, occupation or place - a great resource for academic and family historians.

Security checks

Please note that all volunteers invited to work onsite at The National Archives will be subject to a full security clearance check before they can start work. The process may take up to eight weeks to complete.

Where becoming a volunteer or intern requires behind the scenes access, this is granted at The National Archives' discretion.