These pages provide guidance on the selection and transfer of records. Bodies transferring records to The National Archives or to places of deposit under the Public Records Act 1958 should follow this process.
This process applies to records in all formats and media, including paper and digital records.
You can check whether your organisation needs to transfer records either to The National Archives or to a place of deposit by reading Public records bodies: Determination and change of status (PDF, 0.22Mb), our guidance on how to identify a public records body. Alternatively contact us for more information.
How to assess which records meet the Records collection policy of The National Archives.
How to choose which records should be transferred to The National Archives or to a place of deposit.
How to decide what can be open on transfer, what must be closed and what needs to be retained in departments.
Guidance on cataloguing and the preparation of records for transfer to The National Archives or a place of deposit.
How to arrange transport of records to The National Archives or to a place of deposit - also called 'uplift'.
What The National Archives does to make your records available.