The criteria for selecting public records for The National Archives and other archives are set out in our Records collection policy below. The policy defines which records should be selected for permanent preservation and whether they will be kept at The National Archives or offered to other archival institutions.

Records collection policy (PDF, 0.12Mb)

The policy is implemented through the development of Operational selection policies (OSPs).

The National Archives' appraisal policy defines the methods used to determine which types of records are worthy of permanent preservation. Read more on selecting your records.

You can also read use our guidelines and tools to help with the cataloguing of your records.


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